Indiana same-sex marriage case heads to U.S. Supreme Court

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – On Monday, a major development from the U.S. Supreme Court could determine the fate of same sex marriage in Indiana as well as several other states.

Justices will meet in a private conference to decide which cases they’ll take up in the new term.

One case under consideration is same sex marriage in these states: Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana.

The Supreme Court could add cases from at least six more states, including Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee.

According to the Indiana ACLU, from Monday’s conference, the Supreme Court will likely take one of the following steps: the case from one or more states could be heard; the decision could be delayed; or all cases could be denied, which would mean previous rulings from Federal Appeals Courts would stand.

In all five states under consideration, federal judges ruled state bans on same sex marriage are unconstitutional.

In Indiana, that ruling came in early September in Chicago’s 7th Circuit Court.

Right now, those decisions are on hold until this review by the Supreme Court.

One Indiana man involved in the case said he’s optimistic about the future of same sex marriage for his family.

“We’ve lived in Indianapolis for over 25 years, and we feel especially optimistic just because everybody is so hopeful,” Steven Stolen said. “Not just folks who are directly impacted by this lawsuit that they could get married or so that their children can have their parents be married, but that people in Indiana really want this to happen.”

The Indiana ACLU said it does think the Supreme Court will hear the case this term, with a decision expected either Monday or Tuesday.

Right now, 31 states, including Indiana, prohibit same sex marriage; 19 states and the District of Columbia recognize same sex marriage.

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