First the good news: A U.S. appeals court has ruled that gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana violated the U.S. Constitution.

Now the bad news, especially for taxpayers: Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said he will appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to an Associated Press report on the ABC News website. I don’t know about Indiana at this point.

Sigh . . . I’m going to restrain myself — because there are a few bigger problems in the world right now — except to say that the Wisconsin attorney general is surely fighting a losing battle, and probably knows it. But I guess he’s gotta do what he’s gotta do . . . yadda, yadda, yadda

Still, same-sex couples in those two states have reason to celebrate tonight: they are one court ruling away from marriage equality. I look forward to the day — after the Supreme Court ruling — when I can run a photo gallery here of happy same-sex couples getting married in those states.

And I look forward to the day when we will no longer use terms like “same-sex couples,” and will instead just refer to all newlyweds as “couples.”

– Jillian