John M. Becker

BREAKING: Judge Refuses to Stop WI Same-Sex Marriages

Filed By John M. Becker | June 09, 2014 2:50 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: Barbara Crabb, gay marriage, marriage discrimination, marriage equality, same-sex marriage, Wisconsin

This just in: Milwaukee's WISN News is reporting on Twitter that Judge Barbara Crabb has just denied Wisconsin Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's emergency request to stay her decision that Wisconsin's marriage discrimination amendment is unconstitutional.

WISN reports further:

Judge Barbara Crabb spoke Monday and refused to issue a stay against her Friday order that the state's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional.

Her Friday ruling did not specify an effective date, so several counties across the state began granting marriage licenses while other counties waited for further guidance.

Van Hollen's stay request to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, which he filed this morning, is still pending.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the June 19 hearing Crabb set in her original ruling will still proceed as scheduled. She could also decide to issue a stay at that time:

Three days after her historic ruling striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban, U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb indicated that in the coming days she is likely to grant a stay of her Friday ruling, which would block county officials around the state from issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples while her decision from Friday is appealed. But before deciding on a stay, Crabb said she wanted to hear more from the two sides in the case on its implications and set her next hearing for June 19.

But at least for now, same-sex marriages can apparently continue in Wisconsin. Here's an updated list of the counties that are currently issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. There are currently 21. Another 23 have declined to do so, although they may change course now that Judge Crabb has officially declined to press pause on marriage equality.

Marry on, Cheeseheads!

UPDATE: Statewide LGBT equality group Fair Wisconsin has a list of counties currently issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Check it out here.

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