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Judge will not halt challenge to state gay marriage ban

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A legal challenge of the constitutionality of Wisconsin's gay marriage ban will not be stayed by a federal judge.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb on Monday denied a motion by the state to stay the case and said delaying it would serve no purpose.

The state filed the motion earlier this month, asking that the case be stayed until the Wisconsin Supreme Court rules on the domestic partner registry.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports Judge Crabb said the state has yet to specifically explain how the registry case is likely to change issues in the challenge to the marriage amendment. State voters approved the amendment in a 2006 vote. It defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

Eight same-sex couples have sued state officials, challenging the amendment's constitutionality.

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