Judge: 'It Doesn't Look Like The Sky Has Fallen In' Because Of Gay Marriage

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FILE - In this June 25, 2014, file photo, from left, Moudi Sbeity and Derek Kitchen kiss accompanied by fellow plaintiffs Laurie Wood and Kody Partridge at a news conference outside their lawyer's office in Salt Lake City. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled on June 25 that Utah must allow gay couples to marry, finding the Constitution protects same-sex relationships. The court made the same ruling on Oklahoma's ban Friday. Utah and Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly passed the bans in | ASSOCIATED PRESS

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals judge hearing arguments about gay marriage bans in four states says "it doesn't look like the sky has fallen in" in other states that allow same-sex marriage.

Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey made the comment Wednesday in Cincinnati as she and two other judges on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals questioned lawyers on both sides during the biggest court session yet of federal legal battles over gay marriage. They were hearing cases from Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Another judge, Jeffrey Sutton, repeatedly asked whether trying to get the issue changed before the U.S. Supreme Court was the right course instead of waiting for popular change.

The judges didn't indicate when they would rule in the cases.

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