June 27, 2014 at 6:37 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
Appeals court halts Indiana same-sex marriages
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A federal appeals court has halted same-sex marriages taking place in Indiana (Photo by Bigstock).

An appeals court on Friday halted further same-sex weddings from taking place in Indiana following a lower court decision striking down the state’s ban on gay nuptials.

Without explanation in a two-page order, a three-judge panel on the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals placed a stay pending appeal on the ruling that U.S. District Judge Richard Young issued on Wednesday. His ruling included no stay, so same-sex couples had been marrying in that state for some time.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has requested on emergency stay on same-sex marriages both at the district court level and the appellate court following the lower court ruling.

The three-judge panel who instituted the stay consists of Judge Richard Posner, a Reagan appointee; Judge Ann Claire Williams, a Clinton appointee; and Judge David Hamilton, an Obama appointee.

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