On Tuesday, August 26, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago will hear oral arguments on Wisconsin’s Marriage Protection Amendment that prohibits homosexual marriage.
In June of this year, liberal U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled that Wisconsin’s 2006 Marriage Protection Amendment, voted on and approved by nearly 60% of those voting in Wisconsin, was unconstitutional. Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen appealed Crabb’s decision to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Wisconsin case is joined by a similar case from Indiana. Wisconsin Family Action has already issued an amicus (friend-of-the-court) brief in the Indiana case; that brief will suffice for both cases as they are now being considered together.
It is unclear when the Federal Court will issue a final decision.
“Wisconsin Unites for Marriage,” a pro-homosexual group based in Wisconsin, formed by the ACLU, Fair Wisconsin, and Freedom to Marry is planning a “marriage bus tour” to Chicago that day and a rally after the hearing.
WFA president Julaine Appling will attend the hearing on behalf of WFA and the others represented in the friend-of-the-court brief. Julaine shares:
There’s something more critical Christians can do than showing up there, and that is pray. We covet your prayers for this hearing. We also urge Christians to sign our Marriage Declaration. That too is very important. We can do way better than 3000.