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Judges Hear Gay Marriage Arguments

Federal appeals judges heard arguments tuesday both for and against the gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin.

The three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago heard 20 minutes of arguments from each side.

One Republican appointee compared the bans to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites.

The bans were ruled unconstitutional in June but the decision was put on hold while the appeal takes place.

A voter-approved constitutional amendment bans gay marriage in Wisconsin. State law prohibits it in Indiana. Neither state recognizes same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

Gay marriage is currently legal in 19 states and the District of Columbia.

Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher said that “All this is a reflection of biology, men and women make babies, same-sex couples do not… we have to have a mechanism to regulate that, and marriage is that mechanism.”

There is no word on when a decision will be reached and handed down but it is all but certain that no matter the decision it will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.