A federal judge on Monday refused to
stay her ruling striking down Wisconsin's gay marriage ban, but added
that she did not order the state to begin issuing licenses to gay and
Hundreds of gay couples married over
the weekend in Milwaukee and Madison after U.S. District Judge
Barbara Crabb on Friday declared invalid Wisconsin's 2006
voter-approved constitutional amendment prohibiting state officials
from recognizing any union other than a heterosexual marriage.
couples begin marrying in two Wisconsin counties.)
Eleven more counties followed suit on
The state responded by filing an
emergency motion to stay the ruling. Republican Attorney General
J.B. Van Hollen also turned to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court
of Appeals, filing an appeal to the ruling and asking it for a stay.
According to The
Chippewa Herald, Crabb said she found the amendment to
be unconstitutional but did not prohibit its enforcement. Crabb had
given the ACLU, which is representing the 8 plaintiff couples in
their challenge, until June 16 to tell her what parts of the law it
wants her to block.
“I never said anything” about
issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, Crabb said. “That hasn't
been decided,” she added.