Judge lets gay marriages continue in Wisconsin

CREATED Jun 9, 2014 - UPDATED: Jun 9, 2014

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MILWAUKEE -- Gay couples are continuing to marry in Wisconsin after a federal judge delayed acting on the state attorney general's request for her to halt the ceremonies.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb's Friday decision declaring Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional has confused some county clerks because she did not order counties to begin issuing licenses.

"I never said any county could go forth. They may have acted, but I didn't tell them to do so," Crabb said.

Instead, Crabb asked the ACLU to tell her exactly what it wanted her to block in the gay marriage law. Crabb said Monday she'll schedule a hearing once the ACLU responds.

Some county clerks have decided to begin issuing licenses anyway; others say they are waiting until they receive an order from the court or state.

Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has appealed Crabb's decision to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

“Wisconsin's marriage law is in full force and effect," Van Hollen said Monday. "And all state and local officials are under a continuing duty to follow Wisconsin's marriage law unless and until the court enjoins that law.”