US: Court puts Colorado same-sex marriage appeal ‘on hold’ ahead of Supreme Court meeting

Nick Duffy September 20, 2014
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A federal appeals court has put a marriage ban appeal from Colorado on hold, ahead of the Supreme Court’s planned meeting later this month.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals was set to hear an appeal from the state, after district judge Raymond P. Moore ruled its marriage ban unconstitutional in July.

However, the case could soon become irrelevant, if the US Supreme Court decides at a meeting later this month to take up a marriage ban case from another state.

There are currently a number of cases that have reached the court, from Indiana, Wisconsin, OklahomaUtah, and Virginia.

The 10th Circuit court ruled: “This appeal is abated pending further order of this court.

“It is further ordered that the parties shall file status reports 30 days from the date of this order if no decision on the pending [Supreme Court] writs has been issued by that time.”

The decision means that the if the Supreme Court decides not to take up a case on equal marriage yet, the proceedings will continue in Colorado. 0

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – one of the most liberal justices on the court, who has herself performed same-sex weddings – said this week that the Supreme Court will not be “rushed” into making a decision on the issue.

She said there is “no need for us to rush” to take up a marriage case, though “there will be some urgency” if the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Court rules against same-sex marriage, which is considered likely

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