Wisconsin Attorney General to appeal ruling striking down gay marriage ban

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by Chris Patterson

MADISON -- Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen wants county clerks to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, and the federal judge who overturned the state gay marriage ban will hold a hearing on the issue today.

Van Hollen is asking an appellate court in Chicago to put Friday's ruling allowing gay marriage in Wisconsin on hold. If the Chicago based court rules in his favor, all county clerks statewide will have to hold off issuing licenses to same-sex couples while the case is being appealed.

U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb will clarify her ruling today. Since Friday her ruling has been left open to interpretation, allowing some counties to immediately issue same-sex marriage licenses. 

Both Milwaukee And Dane Counties say they will continue to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and performing marriage ceremonies until a new ruling comes down. Combined both counties have married over 300 same-sex couples.

 

 

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