A federal appeals court has granted a stay on a lower court ruling striking down Indiana’s same-sex marriage ban ahead of a planned appeal.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller was granted a stay by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, which will hear an appeal of a ruling Wednesday of the U.S. District Court. Wednesday’s decision found the ban unconstitutional.
Since the earlier ruling, some Indiana officials had begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Friday’s decision puts gay marriages on hold.
In his ruling, District Judge Richard Young wrote: “Same-sex couples, who would otherwise qualify to marry in Indiana, have the right to marry in Indiana. … These couples, when gender and sexual orientation are taken away, are in all respects like the family down the street. The Constitution demands that we treat them as such.”