Lawsuit alleging civil rights were violated when gay couples married is dismissed

Bob Braun Staff Reports

MILWAUKEE — A lawsuit filed by a Wisconsin man who claimed that his civil rights were being violated because same-sex couples were marrying has been dismissed.

Bob Braun

Bob Braun

Bob Braun of West Allis, Wis., filed a small-claims suit against Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele for issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples earlier this month after a federal judge ruled that the state’s ban on such unions was unconstitutional.

More than 500 same-sex couples married in between the time of the ruling and when the judge put the order on hold while the state filed its appeal.

But before the ruling was put on hold, Braun said the the legal process was moving too slowly and he filed the lawsuit to stop same-sex weddings in Milwaukee County, claiming that his civil rights were being violated because he voted in favor of the ban in 2006.

On Monday, Court Commissioner Grade Flynn ruled that a valid claim did not exist and dismissed the suit, reports WISN-TV.

“This is small-claims,” Flynn said. “It’s a court of money, not principle.”

Our earlier report, including video, is here.

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