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UPDATE: Judge puts same-sex marriages on hold

 

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ 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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MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Federal judge who struck down Wisconsin's gay marriage ban orders temporary halt to marriages.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ 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) _ Civil rights advocates are trying to persuade a federal appeals court it has no jurisdiction to end gay marriages in Wisconsin yet.

 U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb found the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional last week in an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit. County clerks have started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples even though Crabb has yet to issue an order telling them what to do.

Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen contends that absent such an order the ban remains in effect. He has asked the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to halt the marriages while he appeals.

The ACLU filed a brief Wednesday arguing the court lacks jurisdiction until Crabb issues an order. State attorneys counter in their own brief that the court clearly has jurisdiction.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ The judge who struck down Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriages has set a Friday hearing to hear arguments on what she should order state officials to do next.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb on Wednesday set the hearing for 1 p.m. on Friday.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a proposed order that would require state officials to let gay couples marry and to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen objected Wednesday, saying the ACLU's request was too broad. But Van Hollen also asked Crabb to act quickly.

Van Hollen also reiterates his request to Crabb that she put her ruling on hold pending his planned appeal, a move that that would put an end to gay marriages in the state for now.

 

 

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is asking a federal judge who struck down the state's ban on gay marriage to act quickly on an order telling state officials what to do next.

Van Hollen on Wednesday filed an objection to the proposed order submitted on Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the lawsuit on behalf of eight gay couples.

Van Hollen says the request by the ACLU is overly broad.

The Republican Van Hollen asks U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb to issue her final ruling without any additional hearing or argument. He also reiterates his request to Crabb that she put her ruling on hold pending his planned appeal, a move that that would put an end to gay marriages in the state for now.

 

 

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