Illinois Judges Blast Indiana and Wisconsin Gay Marriage Bans

gay coupleJudges of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, hearing oral arguments today on Wisconsin’s and Indiana’s bans of gay marriage, compared the same sex marriage ban to banning interracial marriage.

“It was a tradition to not allow blacks and whites to marry—a tradition that got swept away, ” Judge Richard Posner, who was appointed by Ronald Regan said. He further stated that prohibition of same sex marriage is “a tradition of hate… and savage discrimination.”

Judge Posner also listed numerous psychological strains children of same-sex couples would face if their parents were not married, including how to explain it to their peers with married parents. Posner said “what horrible stuff.”

Attorneys general from Indiana and Wisconsin are trying to reinstate the bans that were ruled unconstitutional in their respective states in June 2014. Prior to that ruling, voters in Wisconsin approved a constitutional amendment that banned gay marriage there. Indiana had a law that prohibited gay marriage.  The ACLU filed the lawsuit that overturned Wisconsin’s ban and Lambda Legal filed the action that overturned Indiana’s ban.

Currently, gay marriage is legal in 19 states (Illinois is one of them), and also the District of Columbia.

At the time of this posting, the Circuit Court of Appeals had yet to issue its ruling on or indicate when it would do so. By all indications, it will be another court victory for same sex-marriage advocates around the country.

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