BUT FIRST TONIGHT AT SIX.
WISCONSIN'S SAME SEX MARRIAGE BAN GOES TO COURT.
AT STAKE IS OVERTURNING THE BAN AND ALLOWING SAME
NOW IN THE HANDS OF A PANEL OF THREE JUDGES.
GOOD EVENING, I'M ERIC FRANKE.
-- MICHELLE --
AND I'M MICHELLE LI.
ATTORNEYS FROM BOTH WISCONSIN *AND INDIANA MADE CASES
TO THE 7TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS...
NEWS THREE POLITICAL REPORTER JESSICA ARP HAS DETAILS
ON *HOW THEY QUESTIONED THE MARRIAGE BANS.
IT TOOK ONLY MINUTES INTO THE ORAL ARGUMENTS FOR JUDGES
TO BEGIN PICKING APART THE STATE'S CASE...
LEAVING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE ADVOCATES HOPEFUL THE JUDGES
WILL SIDE WITH THEM.
IN A DOWNTOWN CHICAGO COURTROOM...
THREE FEDERAL JUDGES PRESSED WISCONSIN ASSISTANT ATTORNEY
GENERAL TIM SAMUELSON ON HIS ARGUMENT THAT VOTERS
IN WISCONSIN FELT SAME SEX MARRIAGE DEFIED TRADITION.
these people and their adopted children are harmed
by your law now the question is what is the offsetting
benefit of your law, who is being helped by it :28
VOICE OF TIM SAMUELSON/ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL
SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER ABOUT AN HOUR OF DISCUSSION...
WISCONSIN FAMILY COUNCIL PRESIDENT JULAINE APPLING
SAID SHE FELT JUDGES DID NOT UNDERSTAND POTENTIAL
I think we missed some important points in there.
I think we missed the fundamental reality that every
child who is born in forever has both a mother and
That is a biological reality that we cannot deny.
BUT BOTH ATTORNEYS AND SAME-SEX COUPLES WHO MADE THE
TRIP TO CHICAGO...
WERE NOTHING LESS THAN HOPEFUL
We were happy we were able to be here and actually
witness the court case.
It brought tears to our eyes at times.
And we're very, very hopeful for the outcome of our
of course we dont know how the case is going to come
out because you cant judge reliably the outcome of
the case based on the courts questions at argument
but it was a good day for same sex couples today
THE COURT WILL NOW HAVE TO DECIDE WHETHER TO UPHOLD
THE LOWER COURT'S DECISION
THAT THE BAN IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL...
AS WELL AS WHETHER SAME SEX MARRIAGES SHOULD CONTINUE
TO BE BLOCKED WHILE THE CASE IS ON APPEAL.
IT'S UNCLEAR WHEN THE COURT WILL RULE...
AND IT'S LIKELY THIS CASE OR ANOTHER MARRIAGE CASE
GETS TAKEN TO THE SUPREME COURT IN IT'S NEXT TERM.
-- ERIC --