NEW INFORMATION: Judge who struck down Wisconsin's gay marriage ban orders temporary halt to marriages

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- NEW INFORMATION: Same-sex marriages have been put on hold in Wisconsin by a federal judge who last week struck down the state's gay marriage ban as unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb's ruling Friday means that gay marriages, which have been taking place across the state for a week, will end while the case is pending.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen requested that Crabb's ruling be put on hold. Crabb last week declared the state's ban unconstitutional but did not tell the state how to proceed. On Friday she issued an order saying the weddings are legal, but then put it on hold per Van Hollen's request.

All but 12 of Wisconsin's 72 county clerks began issuing licenses to same-sex couples after Crabb's ruling last week, even though Van Hollen had argued that was premature.

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A federal judge who last week struck down Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional is considering what steps to take next.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb held a hearing Friday on the American Civil Liberties Union's proposal to require state officials to let gay couples marry and to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is objecting and also wants Crabb to put any ruling on hold while he pursues an appeal.

Both sides made arguments before Crabb on Friday, but the judge made no immediate ruling. Crabb said she would "probably" issue her written decision later in the day.

If she puts her ruling on hold, gay marriages would stop. If she does not, they could continue until a higher court takes action.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Both sides of the fight over same-sex marriages in Wisconsin are headed back to federal court for a hearing that could determine whether the weddings can continue.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb scheduled the hearing for 1 p.m. on Friday. It comes exactly one week after Crabb struck down the state's ban on gay marriages as unconstitutional. But she did not issue any orders as to how state officials were to implement her decision.

The American Civil Liberties Union argues Crabb should order officials to let gay couples marry and to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen objects, saying that request is too broad. He wants Crabb to put her ruling on hold, which would stop marriages in the state.


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