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Will already married same-sex couples be recognized?

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MADISON (WKOW)-- Ericka and Samantha have been together for eight years and have three kids. They married Friday afternoon.

“We were thinking about going to a different state or even moving, in order to do so,” Ericka said.

The two were one of the last of about 200 same-sex couples to marry in Dane County. Just after 5:30 Friday, Judge Crabb put gay marriages on hold in Wisconsin.

In a Statement, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said, "I am very pleased that Judge Crabb has followed the lead of courts across the country, including the United States Supreme Court, and fully stayed her ruling. By staying this ruling, she has confirmed that Wisconsin's law regarding same-sex marriage remains in full force and effect."

But what does this mean for the roughly 500 same-sex couples who married in Wisconsin over the last seven days? The Judge's ruling made no mention of their status.

A communications officer for the attorney general told 27 News: "The validity of those marriages is uncertain…the licenses were issued without any legal authority."

Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell says his office will comply with the ruling and stop issuing the licenses, but he hopes marriages that already took place will be recognized.

“In other places they've been honored, in other similar situations,” McDonell said.

Samantha and Ericka say their vows and marriage certificate prove it's a done deal.

“We feel good,” Ericka said. “We can actually be recognized as unit, not just girlfriends ora ny other title that people give us. We are married.”

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