Judge hears arguments on Wisconsin gay marriages
MADISON -- A federal judge who last week struck down Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional is considering what steps to take next.
U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb held a hearing Friday
on the American Civil Liberties Union's proposal to require state officials to let gay couples marry and to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is objecting and also wants Crabb to put any ruling on hold while he pursues an appeal.
Both sides made arguments before Crabb on Friday, but the judge made no immediate ruling. Crabb said she would "probably" issue her written decision later in the day.
If she puts her ruling on hold, gay marriages would stop. If she does not, they could continue until a higher court takes action.