ACLU opposes gay marriage stay

CREATED May 30, 2014

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union is urging a federal judge to reject Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's request to stay any future ruling striking down Wisconsin's gay marriage ban.

A group of same-sex couples have filed a federal lawsuit arguing the ban denies gay couples civil rights that other married couples enjoy.
   
Van Hollen is defending the ban but has said he expects to lose. He asked U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb last week to place any ruling striking the ban down on hold while he appeals the decision to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
   
The ACLU filed a brief Friday arguing Van Hollen hasn't shown he could win an appeal or that the state would suffer irreparable harm if a ruling erasing the ban takes effect.