Same-sex Wisconsin couples flock to courthouses, AG Van Hollen asks for stay

By Kyle Johnson,

Same-sex couples in Wisconsin hurried down to courthouses on Saturday morning hoping to get a marriage license before any court has a chance to potentially suspend Friday's ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban.

As previously reported, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled that the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional as it violates equal protection and due process rights.

The decision left county clerks and the state confused as to whether or not they had to immediately begin issuing marriage licenses, which is the most often case as Crabb did not suspend her ruling for the inevitable state appeal.

With no one entirely sure, county clerks have gone ahead and begun issuing licenses to gay couples who showed up as early as three hours before office hours, reports the Associated Press.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen will have to turn to a federal appellate court on Monday in the hopes of halting any more marriage licenses being issued as his petition to Crabb appears to have fallen on deaf ears, since she has not done so herself.

Pastor Andrew Warner said he went down and immediately got married before marrying members of his congregation. "I always felt like we were second-class citizens in not being able to get married. And now I feel good about my state in a way I haven't before."



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