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Gay marriage ban struck down

A federal judge says Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

Judge Barbara Crabb threw out the constitutional amendment, in a ruling yesterday afternoon.

Voters approved the amendment, in 2006. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says he will appeal. He says the current law remains in force, and he expects the U.S Supreme Court will rule on the marriage issue, sometime soon.

The judge didn't put her ruling on hold, and county clerks in Dane and Milwaukee counties started issuing marriage licenses last night. Brown County clerk Sandy Juno says she's waiting to take that step until she gets more direction from the state. She says some forms will likely need some tweaking.

Juno says she may be able start issuing licenses to same sex couples on Monday.

Van Hollen filed an emergency motion last night, asking a judge to put the decision on hold, while the state appeals.

posted : June, 7th by WHBY


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