MADISON, Wis. (June 7, 2014) Wisconsin’s attorney general plans to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and says the ruling does not clear the way for weddings to begin, although some municipal clerks were already issuing licenses.
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen hopes to convince a federal judge to issue an emergency order putting the brakes on gay weddings pending the outcome of appeals.
U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb struck down Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage Friday and within hours clerks in Madison and Milwaukee began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
But there's confusion over whether Crabb's order also halted enforcement of the ban because she gave both sides more time to describe exactly what they wanted her to block.
Van Hollen promised to appeal the decision and asked Crabb Friday evening for an emergency ruling preserving the ban until she clarified her ruling, saying confusion and uncertainty is resulting and the status quo must be preserved.
More than 60 couples were married in both Milwaukee and Madison on Friday, as courthouses stayed open late following the judge's decision earlier that day.
Milwaukee County Clerk Joe Czarnezki said couples were lined up outside his courthouse at 6 a.m. Saturday, three hours before it opened.
About 45 couples applied for marriage licenses within 30 minutes of the doors opening.