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Judge Halts Same-Sex Marriages in Wisconsin, While Appeals Continue


On Friday, June 6, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb struck down Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage. Late last Friday, she put her ruling on hold.

Crabb says she is not enforcing her decision while state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen appeals it.

During the past week, hundreds of same-sex couples married in Wisconsin. Most county clerks issued licenses, while a few held out, stating they needed legal guidance.

Van Hollen said this week that clerks might face charges, if they violate Wisconsin law by marrying same-sex couples. Voters approved the ban in 2006. 

Crabb clarified Friday that her June 6 ruling struck down the state ban, meaning the state and counties were supposed to begin processing marriage licenses for same-sex couples. 

But again, she has now put her ruling on hold, while Van Hollen appeals. He insists Wisconsin legally added the prohibition to the state constitution.

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