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US: ACLU asks judge to lift stay on same-sex marriage in Wisconsin

Joseph McCormick July 4, 2014
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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in Wisconsin has asked a federal judge to lift a stay currently stopping same-sex couples from marrying in the state.

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. He withdrew his appeal, and is yet to file a further notice of appeal.

In a motion filed on Thursday, the ACLU argued that the stay should be lifted.

Stating that Van Hollen has had weeks to file notice of appeal, but has not done so, the ACLU accused him of attempting to delay any future ruling by as long as possible.

Van Hollen does have until 21 July to file a notice under the rules of the court. A spokesman told the Associated Press that the ACLU’s motion will not prompt him to file quicker.

The ACLU earlier this week said it may file another lawsuit aiming to protect the marriages of more than 500 gay and lesbian couples to married in the state before the ruling was put on hold.

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