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UPDATE: Federal judges strikes state ban on same-sex marriage, Van Hollen files emergency motion

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UPDATE (WKOW) --- Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has filed an emergency motion for temporary stay on today's ruling.
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UPDATE (WKOW) ---Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued the following statement today in response to reports of county clerks issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples:

“In light of the decision of some county clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, I will be filing emergency motions in the federal courts to stay Judge Crabb’s order.

The United States Supreme Court, after a referral from Justice Sotomayor, stayed a lower court’s decision striking down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage. There is no reason to believe the Supreme Court would treat Wisconsin’s ban any differently.”


MADISON, Wis. (WKOW) -- A federal judge has struck down Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage, ruling it unconstitutional.
   U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb issued the ruling on Friday, but it is not clear whether same-sex marriages can immediately begin.
Attorney General J.B Van Hollen says the current law remains in force while the District Court did not issue an immediate injunction.
  The ruling makes Wisconsin the 27th state where same-sex couples can marry under law or where a judge has ruled they ought to be allowed to wed.
   Clerks in the state's two largest cities of Milwaukee and Madison had been preparing for such a ruling by bringing in extra staff to handle an expected flood of marriage-license applicants.
    The Dane County Clerks office says they will remain open until 9 p.m. tonight and open again at 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday.  They ask you check their website here on what you need to bring with you.
   The lawsuit was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of eight same-sex couples.
   Gov. Scott Walker has been a strong proponent of the constitutional same-sex marriage ban that was approved by state voters in 2006.


MADISON (WKOW) --- A Federal judge overturns Wisconsin's gay marriage ban, saying it violates the Fourteenth Amendment of U.S. Constitution.

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