Federal judge issues stay, halting Wisconsin same-sex marriages

CREATED Jun 13, 2014 - UPDATED: Jun 13, 2014

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MADISON - A federal judge has issued a stay on her ruling that overturned Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban, meaning same-sex marriages will be indefinitely halted in Wisconsin.

Judge Barbara Crabb issued a permanent injunction on the case, which means clerks would be required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. However, the stay was issued immediately after the injunction, meaning marriages will be put on hold until an appeals court in Chicago decides the issue.

Marriages began in both Milwaukee and Dane Counties began last Friday, with dozens of couples lining up to get marriage licenses. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele offered to personally pay for any overtime costs associated with keeping the Courthouse open.

TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Lacey Crisp tweeted the exact section of the ruling where the stay can be found:

In her ruling, Judge Crabb cited Herbert v. Kitchen, a Supreme Court case from earlier this year that halted same-sex marriages in Utah while the case was appealed.

Click here to read Judge Crabb's full Friday ruling.

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen praised Crabb's ruling:

"I am very pleased that Judge Crabb has followed the lead of courts across the country, including the United States Supreme Court, and fully stayed her ruling," Van Hollen said. "County clerks do not have authority under Wisconsin law to issue same-sex marriage licenses."


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