Federal appeals court set to hear Indiana, Wisconsin cases on gay marriage

CHICAGO - Attorneys for Indiana and Wisconsin are set defend their states' gay marriage bans before a federal appeals court in Chicago.

Civil rights advocates had challenged both states' bans, arguing that they violated gay couples' right to equal protection. Federal judges in both states struck their respective bans down in June.

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller have asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the bans. Both argue states have the authority to set marriage standards.

The court consolidated the appeals and is set to hear oral arguments Tuesday. Three judges are set to meet to decide.

It's unclear when the court might rule. The court was set to begin at 10:30 a.m. EST. Eighty minutes were to be set aside to hear arguments; 40 minutes to Indiana, 40 minutes to Wisconsin.

Each side from each state gets 20 minutes to argue its case.

The outcome could directly affect hundreds of couples who were married after the judges overturned the bans but before their rulings were put on hold.

Monday morning, roughly 100 members of Hoosiers Unite For Marriage rallied in downtown Indianapolis before bus loads of supporters headed for Chicago.

RTV6's Katie Heinz is in Chicago and will bring live updates and reports Tuesday.

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