32 states ask Supreme Court to take up gay marriage

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Thirty-two states on Sept. 4 asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up gay marriage case on the same day an appeals court ruled that Indiana and Wisconsin bans are unconstitutional.

Fifteen of the states where same-sex couples can legally marry filed a brief asking the high court to hear cases from Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma.

Seventeen of the states where same-sex couples cannot legally marry also filed a brief asking the court to hear the cases.

Since the Supreme Court ruled last summer issued a ruling clearing the way for federal recognition of gay marriage, more than 70 lawsuits have been filed. There have been more than 20 legal victories and just one ruling against marriage equality.

The Supreme Court has been asked to hear appeals of rulings against marriage bans in Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma and could take up one or all or none of the cases in its next session.

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said on Sept. 4 that he would appeal his loss to the Supreme Court.