On July 11, a federal appeals court combined Indiana and Wisconsin's same-sex marriage cases and put them on the fast track.
The move by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago comes a day after Wisconsin's attorney general filed a notice of appeal of a federal judge's ruling last month striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriages. Two weeks ago, the 7th Circuit put on hold a federal judge's ruling in Indiana striking down that state's marriage ban.
The lawsuit in Wisconsin was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of eight same-sex couples. The 7th Circuit previously ordered an expedited schedule in Indiana's case.
The court ordered briefs to be filed by Aug. 4. Arguments will be scheduled by a separate court order.
There has been only one appeals court decision on marriage equality so far. A three judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver upheld a lower court ruling finding marriage bans in Utah and other western states was unconstitutional.
The Utah attorney general announced last week that he will skip filing a case before the full appeals court and go straight to the U.S. Supreme Court with his challenge.