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Uncertainty for gay couples married in Wisconsin

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A federal judge's order for Wisconsin officials to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses didn't address the legal status of the more than 550 gay marriages conducted in the last week.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb on June 6 ordered county clerks to stop enforcing the state's gay marriage but she put that ruling on hold Friday while an appeal from Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is pending.

The state had been holding licenses issued by county clerks right after the initial ruling but started processing them Wednesday after guidance from Van Hollen's office.

But Van Hollen said Thursday those couples aren't legally married. His spokeswoman, Dana Brueck, reiterated that Saturday. But neither she nor Gov. Scott Walker's office immediately provided clarification on how agencies will handle the marriages.

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Two Portage County residents that weren't able to get married because their county clerk refused to grant licenses to same-sex couples are disappointed a judge halted them statewide.

Sixty of Wisconsin's 72 county clerks had started issuing licenses after U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb struck down the law banning same-sex marriage last week. On Friday, she put that ruling on hold.

Allen Rasmussen and Keith Kitsembel tried unsuccessfully to be married in Portage County nine times since Monday. Kitsembel says they had a small window of opportunity and are very disappointed in their county clerk.

Theresa McCraw, of Stevens Point, says she's stubborn and will be patient to legally marry the woman she married in a religious ceremony seven years ago. She's hopeful Wisconsin will eventually join other states.


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