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US: Hundreds queue up to hear same-sex marriage arguments in appeals court

Joseph McCormick August 26, 2014

Hundreds of people have queued up outside a federal appeals court, with the hopes of hearing arguments for and against same-sex marriage in the US states of Wisconsin and Indiana.

The three judge panel at the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago will hear the cases, despite requests by both states’ attorney generals for a full 10-member court to hear the cases.

The two were consolidated after US Circuit Court judge Barbara Crabb struck down Wisconsin’s ban, before staying the ruling pending appeal, and a district court judge in Indiana ruled against the state’s ban.

A full panel could still hear the case, however, as the losing side can still appeal to the full court.

It is unclear when the court will issue a ruling.

The Associated Press reports that some hopeful spectators arrived at 5am in order to get into the court.

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