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We win two: Seventh Circuit strikes Indiana and Wisconsin marriage bans

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals handed the LGBT community two victories with a September 4 ruling striking down same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin. As expected, the three-judge panel ruled unanimously that laws prohibiting same-sex marriage violate the equal protection and due process clauses of the U.S. Constitution. Their deliberations took only nine days – unusually quick for an appeals court. Writing for the court, Judge Richard Posner reprised the scathing critique of marriage bans he debuted during oral arguments. ‘The only rationale that the states put forth with any conviction – that same-sex couples and their children don’t need marriage because same-sex couples can’t produce children, intended or unintended – is so full of holes that it cannot be taken seriously,’ he wrote. ‘Because homosexuality is not a voluntary condition and homosexual

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