Indiana Appeals Marriage Ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WOWO): Tuesday afternoon, in the United States Supreme Court, the State of Indiana filed an appeal of a lower court's ruling that invalidated Indiana's marriage statue. With the appeal, Indiana is asking the U.S. Supreme Court, to reverse the 7th Circuit Court ruling from last week and reinstate Indiana's legal definition of marriage.

“Less than six months after my office first entered our appearance in trial court to defend our state client from this lawsuit, our case now is knocking on the door of the United States Supreme Court, timing that is lightning speed by the standards of the federal court system. Our state, nation and all persons involved need a final, unambiguous and conclusive answer from the Supreme Court on the legal authority of states to license marriages, and we ask the Court to take up this question through either our case or another case at its earliest opportunity and end the uncertainty,” Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said.

Tuesday was the deadline for Indiana to file its appeal in order to be considered during the Supreme Court’s first conference, September 29, where justices will decide which cases to hear early in their next term, which begins in October and lasts through June 2015.