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ACLU to judge: Lift Wisconsin gay marriage stay

Published On: Jul 03 2014 03:48:46 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 03 2014 05:14:18 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. -

The American Civil Liberties Union wants a federal judge to lift a stay on gay marriages in Wisconsin.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb declared Wisconsin's gay marriage ban unconstitutional in an ACLU lawsuit June 6.

Crabb issued an injunction a week later barring clerks from enforcing the ban but granted Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's request for a stay pending appeal.

The ACLU filed a motion Thursday to lift the stay, arguing Van Hollen has had weeks to file notice of an appeal but has done nothing in hopes of delaying a ruling as long as possible. The motion was referred to U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker.

Van Hollen has until July 21 to file notice under court rules. His spokeswoman says the ACLU's impatience won't affect his timing.

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