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UPDATE: ACLU agrees not to seek gay marriage injunction

UPDATED Tuesday, March 11, 2014 --- 8:19 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The plaintiffs in a lawsuit have agreed not to ask for a temporary halt to enforcement of Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage. Instead, they're asking a federal judge to issue a quick decision on the overall case.

The American Civil Liberties Union is following the recommendation of U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb. Last week she cited the flurry of lawsuits around the country in which judges have halted enforcement of bans on same-sex marriage only to have those injunctions immediately overturned.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the ACLU, which is suing on behalf of eight gay couples, decided Tuesday to withdraw its request for a temporary injunction after district attorneys in Milwaukee and Eau Claire counties agreed not to prosecute two couples who recently got married in Minnesota.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, March 5, 2014 --- 10:45 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal judge has asked the American Civil Liberties Union to reconsider its request to temporarily block Wisconsin's gay marriage ban.

The American Civil Liberties Union wants U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb to issue a temporary order nullifying the ban while she weighs the organization's lawsuit challenging it.

Crabb said Tuesday a number of federal courts have stayed such temporary orders in similar gay marriage lawsuits. She said it would serve little purpose to issue one just to stay it.

She said ACLU attorneys have until March 11 to file a brief persuading her that the injunction would be appropriate in light of the other cases and whether an expedited court schedule would serve the same purpose.

ACLU attorney John Knight the organization will file the brief by the deadline.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 --- 7:06 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal judge says she won't block Wisconsin's gay marriage ban while a lawsuit challenging it moves forward.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb said Tuesday that she won't issue a preliminary injunction in the case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union. Crabb says an injunction would be immediately challenged, likely leading to a stay of the order. She has advised the ACLU to withdraw its motion for the injunction.

The State Journal reports Crabb says the plaintiffs should instead consider pursuing a "swift final determination" in federal court rather than litigating the case in stages with no immediate clear benefits.

Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have laws supporting same gender marriage.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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