UPDATE: States Urge Supreme Court to Take Up Gay Marriage

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A rejection of same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana is bringing hope to those who've been fighting against the laws for years that the decision will add pressure to the Supreme Court to rule their way soon.

The decision from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago came Thursday, the same day 32 states asked the Supreme Court to settle the issue once and for all.

Celebrations over the latest legal victory for gay couples were tempered knowing that the bigger battle awaits.

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says he'll appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, 15 states that allow gay marriage asked the justices to overturn bans. And 17 other states with bans asked the court to clear up a "morass" of lawsuits.

CHICAGO (AP) -- A U.S. appeals court in Chicago has ruled that gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana are unconstitutional.

Thursday's decision by a three-judge panel at the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals bumps the number of states where gay marriage will be legal from 19 to 21. The decision was unanimous.

The Wisconsin and Indiana cases shifted to Chicago after their attorneys general appealed separate lower court rulings in June tossing the bans. The 7th Circuit stayed those rulings pending its own decision.

During oral arguments in August, one judge appointed by a Republican likened same-sex marriage bans to laws once barring interracial marriage. Judge Richard Posner said they derived from "hate ... and savage discrimination" of gays.

The states argued the prohibitions helped foster a centuries-old tradition.

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