Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit seeking recognition of a group of Wisconsin same-sex marriages that were conducted while the state’s same-sex marriage ban was temporarily blocked.
State Attorney General J B Van Hollen said that Crabbs’s ruling did not give county clerks permission to issue marriage licenses, and that those marriages do not have legal certainty.
In a statement, ACLU lawyer Larry Dupuis said that these marriages were valid, and that the state cannot take that away from their clients.
He said: “Our clients have married in Wisconsin and that isn’t something the State can take away from them or refuse to recognize. The State of Wisconsin has placed hundreds of same-sex couples, including our clients, in an untenable position of not knowing if their marriages will be respected and recognized or simply ignored.”