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UPDATED: ACLU seeks preliminary block on gay marriage ban

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Getting married in Wisconsin could soon become a reality for gay couples, at least temporarily.

The American Civil Liberties Union asked the courts to temporarily block the state from enforcing the constructional ban against it.

The ACLU stance in the lawsuit is that gay couples should have the right to get married.
So instead of waiting for the suit to make its way through the courts, they want a judge to allow gay marriage in the meantime.

Back in 2006, gay marriage was banned in a constitutional amendment, by a statewide referendum.
Since then, that’s been the uncontested law.
But earlier this month, the ACLU along with four gay couples challenged that.

Among them an Eau Claire couple Carol Schumacher and Virginia Wolf who have been together for 38-years.

The lawsuit argues that 17 states allow same sex couples to marry and that the ban deprives them of the legal protections that married couples receive just because of their sexual orientation.
Also currently, same sex couples who live in Wisconsin and leave the state to get married could face jail time and a ten-thousand-dollar fine when they return.

If a judge approves the request, experts say gay couples will be able to apply for marriage certificates right away.

“I think they have a pretty good shot given what's happening elsewhere, around the country on this issue, two supreme courts last year and the case out of Utah which is federal as well,” explained UW Political Science Professor Donald Downs.

Experts say this could become a sticky situation if the judge allows gay couples to marry and then the ACLU loses the lawsuit.

The hearing to determine if the marriage ban will be temporarily lifted is at the end of March.

If you want to see the full story on the Chippewa Valley couple fighting for the right to marry, head to our Assignment 13 page, the link is on the side of this article.

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The American Civil Liberties Union has asked a federal judge to issue a preliminary injunction blocking Wisconsin's gay marriage ban while the organization's lawsuit challenging the prohibition continues.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit Feb. 3 arguing the ban is unconstitutional.

The organization filed a motion Thursday with U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb seeking a preliminary injunction that would essentially invalidate the ban until the lawsuit is decided. In a brief accompanying the motion the ACLU argued they're entitled to a preliminary injunction because they'll likely win the lawsuit and the ban imposes irreparable harm on same-sex couples.

A spokeswoman for the state Justice Department, which is defending the ban, said the agency will respond in court. A hearing has been set for March 27.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) --The American Civil Liberties Union has asked a federal judge to issue a preliminary injunction blocking Wisconsin's gay marriage ban while the organization's lawsuit challenging the prohibition continues.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit Feb. 3 on behalf of a group of same-sex couples arguing the ban is unconstitutional.

The organization filed a motion Thursday asking U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker to issue a preliminary injunction that would essentially invalidate the ban while the lawsuit works its way through court. In a brief accompanying the motion the ACLU argued they're entitled to a preliminary injunction because they'll likely win the lawsuit and the ban imposes irreparable harm on the same-sex couples.

The state Justice Department is defending the ban. An agency spokeswoman didn't immediately return a message Friday.


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