Same-sex marriage on Wisconsin: orders are on hold

wisconsin On June 6, 2014, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb overturned Wisconsin’s discriminatory state ban on marriage for same-sex couples. This move allowed more than 500 couples to wed during eight days. Crabb did not stay her ruling, but also did not immediately issue an order blocking the enforcement of the order, leaving it unclear whether same-sex couples could immediately marry. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen appealed the decision. Couples who were in the middle of the five-day waiting period to get a license, which most counties waived, are caught in limbo. As Crabb didn’t issue any orders on how state officials were to implement her decision, Van Hollen requested Crabb put her ruling on hold, arguing that allowing the marriages while the underlying case was pending created confusion about the legality of those marriages. Amid the uncertainty, nearly every Wisconsin county — 60 of 72 — issued licenses. John Knight, attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, which challenged the law, called Crabb’s decision to put her order on hold disappointing. Oral arguments will be heard in the case by the U.S. Court of Appeals to the 7th Circuit on August 26, 2014.

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