UPDATE ACLU submits proposed Wisconsin gay marriage order

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Response from both sides

ACLU of Wisconsin Legal Director, Laurence Dupuis says "We're going to ask that the state defendants be ordered to recognize marriages that have been performed out of state, to recognize the marriages that were performed since the judges ruling."

However, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says that if gay couples continue to move forward and get married, they could face legal repercussions, "For people to move forward, for counties to move forward, for individuals to move forward and do things differently, they certainly do so at their own peril...We're strongly encouraging people to slow down a bit for their own best interest."

UPDATED Monday, June 9, 2014 --- 8:53 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The American Civil Liberties says it has filed its proposal for a court order allowing same-sex couples to marry in Wisconsin.

Couples have been marrying in some counties since Friday, when a federal judge declared Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb in Madison did not issue an order for counties to let couples begin marrying, however. Instead, she said she wanted the ACLU to draft an order for her spelling out how the organization wants her decision implemented.

The ACLU said late Monday that it had submitted its proposal to Crabb. Its proposal would require state officials to let gay couples marry and to recognize gay marriages performed in other states.

The next likely step is for Crabb to hold a hearing on the proposal.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


Posted: Monday June 9, 2014 --- 5:28 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Gay couples are continuing to marry in Wisconsin after a federal judge delayed acting on the state attorney general's request for her to halt the ceremonies.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb's Friday decision declaring Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional has confused some county clerks because she did not order counties to begin issuing licenses.

Instead, Crabb asked the ACLU to tell her exactly what it wanted her to block in the gay marriage law. Crabb said Monday she'll schedule a hearing once the ACLU responds.

Some county clerks have decided to begin issuing licenses anyway; others say they are waiting until they receive an order from the court or state.

Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has appealed Crabb's decision to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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