Gay Marriage Hearing Tuesday Before Federal Appeals Court
August 25, 2014 — A series of send-off events will take place across the state today, including in Munster, to show support for the plaintiffs in the marriage equality case that will be heard tomorrow in Chicago. The first send-off was in downtown Indianapolis. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit gathered at City Market for a “bon voyage” rally, a day ahead of arguments before a federal appeals court:
The Munster event will begin at one o’clock at the north entrance to Centennial Park, on Centennial Drive. Attendees will include plaintiffs in the case, representatives of marriage equality organizations and local supporters. The plaintiffs will then head to Chicago for a rally this evening and oral arguments the next day.
The Associated Press, Network Indiana — The rights of same-sex couples during medical emergencies will loom large — when a federal appeals court considers a case targeting gay-marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago will hear the combined case tomorrow.
Couples involved in the lawsuits say powers of attorney and domestic partner registries don’t guarantee that they’ll be allowed to make critical medical decisions for each other. They say only a marriage certificate provides that guarantee.
The states’ bans were overturned in June, but the rulings have been put on hold. Lambda Legal attorney Paul Castillo says the national gay rights group will highlight during the hearing the “assortment of harms” that gay couples face under the bans, including the fear of not being able to make emergency medical decisions foe their partners.