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INDIANAPOLIS (AUG. 24,2014) — The Indiana same-sex marriage debate moves to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Oral arguments will be heard Tuesday, Aug. 26 in Chicago.

“The whole state is behind them and they really want them to have the best of luck as they go to the seventh circuit,” said Kyle Megrath from Hoosiers Unite for Marriage.

Hoosiers Unite for Marriage, an Indiana based same-sex marriage advocacy group, organized several sendoff events throughout the state.  The first event was held Sunday morning at the Life Journey Church.  Worshipers signed paper hearts and wrote well wishes for the plaintiffs.

“Our church has a very rich history in social justice issues, particularly pertaining to the LBGTQ community here in Indiana,” said Rev. Melody Merida.

In June, a federal judge deemed Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, and overturned the ruling.  Same-sex couples from around the state rushed to clerk’s offices to make their marriage official. However, just days after that historic ruling, the court issued a stay.

“We want to make sure the families have the protections and the opportunities to protect their families,” said Megrath.

Sendoff events are planned everyday leading up to Tuesday’s oral arguments.  They will held in Indianapolis, Lafayette, Munster and Chicago.