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Indiana family fighting against gay-marriage ban "thrilled" about U.S. appeals court ruling

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Henry Greene and Glenn Funkhouser left a Chicago courtroom last week feeling confident a three-judge panel would rule in their favor.  Greene and Funkhouser are among the Indiana couples fighting the state's gay marriage ban.  Their optimism proved warranted.  Now, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago has ruled same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana violate the U.S. Constitution.

"I can't even begin to tell you how excited we are," Greene said Thursday in reaction to the news.  "We're really quite surprised that it's happened so quickly.  I think everyone is shocked it happened so quickly."  Greene talked with us via Skype alongside the couple's son, Casey Greene. 

Casey was in the courtroom with his dads last week when the arguments were made before the judges.  Greene broke the news about the court's decision to Casey as he picked him up from school Thursday.  "It was the best day ever when I came home," Casey said.  "It's just amazing they can do this after all this stuff going on that we shouldn't have had to fight for, no we get our rights."

The unanimous decision by the three-judge panel of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago criticized the justifications both states gave for the bans, several times singling out the argument that marriage between a man and a woman is tradition. There are, the court noted, good and bad traditions.

We'll have more reaction from Henry and Casey Greene on FOX28 News at 10.


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