Wisconsin judge denies request to halt gay weddings

Author:
Updated:
Original:

A federal judge in Wisconsin rejected a request Monday to temporarily put a halt to same-sex weddings in the state, allowing same-sex unions to continue for now, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb, who ruled Friday that Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, indicated that she is likely to grant a stay of her ruling in the next several days. But she will not do so until after a hearing she scheduled for June 19, when the two sides in the case can present arguments on the issue.

Lawyers for the state of Wisconsin on Monday morning filed an appeal and a motion to stay the decision, in part because Crabb did not provide guidance in her ruling as to whether same-sex marriages could immediately begin taking place. While the case plays out, many county clerks are declining to issue marriage licenses.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the state's appeal and motion was filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Chicago.

"The district court's opinion and order has thus created a legal environment in which Wisconsin's county clerks are deciding on a county-by-county basis whether to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples immediately or wait for the district court to enter injunctive relief or rule on state defendants' motion to stay," lawyers for the state wrote.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said it made no sense to let marriages go forward when the courts are likely to put them back on hold, at least temporarily, and leave those couples in legal limbo.

The Journal-Sentinel has a list of which counties are offering marriage licenses to same-sex couples and which ones are not. The list indicates that couples can get licenses in 11 counties and cannot in 16 counties, with officials in Eau Claire County saying they have not made a final decision and are waiting on guidance from the state.

Earlier, the Wisconsin State Journal quoted Chris Ahmuty, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Wisconsin, who said he believes the same-sex marriages that have taken place since Friday are legal.

In Dane County, 135 marriage licenses were issued in Dane County on Friday and Saturday. WISN in Milwaukee reported that 146 same-sex couples tied the knot in Milwaukee County in the same time period. Many of the couples said they wanted to take advantage of what could be a narrow window in which to tie the knot before Crabb’s decision could be put on hold.

“Too many people have waited too long for this and I’m not going to make them wait any longer,” said Joe Czarnezki, the Milwaukee County clerk.

The Green Bay Press Gazette reported that Brown County Clerk Sandy Juno said Friday she was not prepared to start issuing marriage licenses. She said she wanted guidance from state records officials on how to process such questions as naming a bride and groom on the license.

“Ultimately we’re waiting to what the state is recommending,” Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach said. “We want to make sure we’re following the law and doing it in an appropriate way.”

WLUK reported that at least three same-sex couples showed up at the Brown County courthouse in Green Bay on Monday morning, hoping to get a marriage license issued. The station reported that Outagamie County clerk in Appleton, Wisconsin has said that she will not issue same-sex marriage licenses. She, too, said she’s waiting for authorization from the state.

Wisconsin voters amended the state constitution in 2006 to ban gay marriage. Crabb declared the ban unconstitutional in a lawsuit the ACLU filed on behalf of eight gay couples.

This embed is invalid

Next Up

DirecTV

DirecTV subscribers could lose KARE 11 on Tuesday

A new contract needs to be agreed upon by 6 p.m. Tuesday.

prison, Rush City cell block

Inmate from Rush City prison dies after COVID-19 diagnosis

The man is the fifth incarcerated person in Minnesota to die from COVID-19.

ambulance

Belle Plaine man dies after duck boat capsizes on lake

One man was found sitting on the overturned boat while another man was in the water.

Screen Shot 2020-11-29 at 4.59.51 PM

Watch: Adam Thielen watches end of Vikings/Panthers just like all of us

The Vikings receiver looked like a true fan on Sunday afternoon.

Chad Beebe

Chad Beebe's roller-coaster fourth-quarter keeps Vikings playoff hopes alive

A muffed punt and a game-winning touchdown helped defeat the Panthers on Sunday afternoon.

127266986_2766399800267634_3587849554502438415_n

West-central MN cops warn kids to stay off ice, or 'Santa won't come'

This comes amid repeated ice warnings across the state.

covid-19, coronavirus, PPE

Nov. 29 COVID-19 update: 57 deaths, nearly 9,000 more cases

Nearly 100,000 tests were included in Sunday's report.

jim ramstad

Watch former Rep. Jim Ramstad's memorial service online

The ceremony will be live-streamed for the public on Sunday.

EDL1LeKXsAEeH32

How high can Rashod Bateman go in the 2021 NFL Draft?

The Gophers star receiver has plenty of praise heading into next April.

TCF Bank Stadium

15 more from Gopher football team test positive for COVID-19

That brings the total number of cases from this outbreak to 40.

Teddy Bridgewater

5 questions for Vikings-Panthers Week 12 NFC battle

The Vikings welcome Teddy Bridgewater back to U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday.

Related