John M. Becker

Judge Won't Block WI Ban While Lawsuit Proceeds

Filed By John M. Becker | March 05, 2014 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: ACLU, gay marriage, lawsuit, marriage discrimination amendment, marriage equality, same-sex marriage, Wisconsin

wi_from_space.jpgLast week the ACLU, which sued in federal court in February to overturn Wisconsin's marriage discrimination amendment, asked a federal judge to block the marriage ban while the lawsuit proceeds because of the active harm it causes to the state's same-sex couples.

Today, the judge declined to do so. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb said Tuesday that she won't issue a preliminary injunction in the case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union. Crabb says an injunction would be immediately challenged, likely leading to a stay of the order. She has advised the ACLU to withdraw its motion for the injunction.

The State Journal reports Crabb says the plaintiffs should instead consider pursuing a "swift final determination" in federal court rather than litigating the case in stages with no immediate clear benefits.

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