Federal appeals court stays Wisconsin same-sex marriage ruling


MADISON, Wis. — A federal appeals court on Wednesday stayed a ruling that Wisconsin‘s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.

Wisconsin-3The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month upheld U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb’s June ruling that the ban violated gay couples’ equal protection rights.

Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is trying to preserve the ban and has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case.

He has argued that the ban remains in place because Crabb ordered her ruling stayed as long as appeals are active or pending.

Nevertheless, Van Hollen’s office asked the 7th Circuit on Tuesday to declare Crabb’s ruling officially stayed to avoid confusion.

The 7th Circuit complied Wednesday, saying Crabb’s ruling is stayed until the Supreme Court refuses to take the case or issues a ruling.

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