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ACLU against request for full appeals court hearing gay marriage case

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The ACLU said Monday there's no need for all ten judges on the federal appeals court in Chicago to rule on the fate of Wisconsin's gay marriage ban.

Normally, three-judge panels decide cases -- but the state Justice Department has asked that the entire appeals court hear the arguments.

Plaintiffs from the ACLU and several same-sex couples say it would delay the appeal, and put an unnecessary burden on the appellate court.

A federal judge in Madison ruled in favor of the ACLU when it struck down Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban last month.

The appellate court decided to consolidate the Wisconsin case with a similar one from Indiana, which a federal judge also struck down.

Arguments in the states' appeals were set for August 13th -- but the court ordered a delay, and a new date has not been scheduled.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)