A federal judge has ruled that a request to lift a stay preventing same-sex couples from marrying in Wisconsin is now moot.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), had asked US District Judge Barbara Crabb to lift a stay preventing same-sex couples from marrying

US District Judge Barbara Crabb struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban on Friday 6 June, leading to some counties issuing marriage licences immediately, and allowing more than 500 gay and lesbian couples to wed.

However, after Attorney General JB Van Hollen appealed, on Friday 13 June Crabb agreed to halt her ruling, stopping all new marriages until the appeal concludes.

On Thursday, Van Hollen finally filed his appeal. 

On this basis, Crabb issued a brief order on Friday stating that the ACLU’s request was now irrelevant.