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ACLU asks federal judge to lift stay in Wisconsin same-sex marriage ruling

MADISON, Wis. — The American Civil Liberties Union has asked a federal judge to lift a stay on same-sex marriages in Wisconsin.

WisconsinU.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb found the state’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional in an ACLU lawsuit June 6, sending same-sex couples rushing to courthouses to marry.

Crabb put her ruling on hold a week later, granting Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen’s request to stay the order 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 under court rules. His spokeswoman says the ACLU’s impatience won’t affect his timing.

Van Hollen has said he will appeal Crabb’s ruling striking down the law to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court.

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