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Judge Crabb issues stay in her order, Same sex marriages off for now

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Judge Barbara Crabb
Judge Barbara Crabb

MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- Federal Judge Barbara Crabb issued a stay in her ruling from last Friday, where she ruled Wisconsin's same sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.  That means no more same sex marriages for now.  

A week ago, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled that Wisconsin’s 2006 Marriage Amendment to the State Constitution is against the U.S. Constitution. Today, Crabb entered an injunction prohibiting the state from enforcing the Wisconsin gay marriage ban. She also stayed her ruling, meaning everything stays the way it was until a judge decides differently or the appeals process is exhausted.

Crabb decided back on June 6th that the state’s Marriage Amendment stopped an entire class of citizens from getting legally married. In the week since that ruling, county clerks in 60 of the state’s 72 counties issued same sex marriage licenses, and couples were married. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says the state does not recognize those approximately 670 marriages as valid.

Van Hollen will probably appeal Crabb’s decision. The Attorney General responded to Crabb’s actions by saying, “I am very pleased that Judge Crabb has followed the lead of courts across the country, and fully stayed her ruling.” He says, "By staying this ruling, she has confirmed that Wisconsin’s law regarding same-sex marriage remains in full force and effect."

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