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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Ind. Courts - "Ruling on Indiana gay marriage ban could come soon "

So reports AP reporter Charles Wilson in this article today, here in the Gary Post-Tribune. Some quotes:

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge’s lengthy deliberations on whether to stay his ruling recognizing a same-sex Indiana couple’s marriage could signal that a broader decision is coming, legal experts say.

The state asked U.S. District Judge Richard Young for the stay on May 8, the same day he granted a preliminary injunction requiring Indiana to recognize the marriage of Munster residents Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney.

The state also is asking the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to review Young’s decision, which applies just to the one couple — not to others who were legally wed elsewhere and also are seeking to have Indiana recognize their marriages. * * *

Marriage law expert Seymour J. Reisman said it is “absolutely unusual” for a judge to take so much time to grant a stay.

“The purpose of a stay order is immediate relief,” said Reisman, a partner in the New York law firm Reisman Peirez Reisman and Capobianco LLP. “When I say immediately, certainly no more than a week.”

The delay makes Reisman suspect Young may simply skip the stay order and decide whether to throw out Indiana’s gay marriage ban.

“It’s clear to me from what he’s done he’s not going to do what the state wants,” Reisman said.

Gay marriage supporters hope the tide will continue in their favor. Bans have been struck down in five states since Indiana’s ban was argued in federal court in early April. Those states are Arkansas, Idaho, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 14, 2014 04:41 PM
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