The decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals followed a
request by Indiana's attorney general for an emergency order to
place the ruling on hold until the Chicago-based appeals court can
hear the case.
"It is ordered that the motion is granted," a three-judge panel of
the 7th Circuit wrote. "The district court's order dated June 25,
2014, is stayed pending resolution of this appeal."
Gay marriage is legal in 19 of the 50 U.S. states and the District
of Columbia. Nine other states including Utah and Indiana are
awaiting appeals court decisions after lower courts ruled in favor
of same-sex marriages.
The American Civil Liberties Union represented the 13 plaintiffs who
brought the lawsuit in March challenging Indiana's gay marriage ban.
The move by the appeals court came after officiants in Marion
County, which includes Indianapolis and is the most populous county
in Indiana, performed 120 weddings of same-sex couples on Friday
alone, Angie Nussmeyer, spokeswoman for the county clerk's office,
said in an email.
Same-sex marriage licenses granted before the 7th Circuit issued the
stay in the case are valid, the ACLU said.
In making the ruling to strike down Indiana's ban on gay marriage,
U.S. District Court Chief Judge Richard Young on Wednesday said the
state's ban violated the due process and equal protection clauses in
the U.S. Constitution's Fourteenth Amendment. Young ordered
officials to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
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The decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday
followed similar moves by other federal appeals courts to put on
hold lower-court rulings granting gay men and women the right to
marry until the issue can be decided on appeal.
On Wednesday, the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
ruled that Utah could not ban gay couples from marrying, but it
placed its decision on hold pending an anticipated appeal. The state
attorney general's office said it would take the case to the U.S.
(Additional reporting by David Bailey in Minneapolis; Editing by
Sandra Maler and Will Dunham)
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