The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Wisconsin this week urged the governor and the state attorney general to make a quick decision about appealing a federal judge’s ruling striking down the state’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples.
The court decision was put on hold in anticipation of the state’s appeal, but so far the state has not yet been filed.
A federal judge’s order for Wisconsin officials to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses didn’t address the legal status of the more than 550 gay marriages conducted in the last week, and subsequent statements by state officials have not removed the uncertainty.
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says that county clerks issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples could be prosecuted.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported online on June 12 on a 30-minute interview with Van Hollen, who has asked a federal court of appeals to overturn a federal district court finding that Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
The Human Rights Campaign is urging U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to ensure full federal recognition of the more than 1,000 gay and lesbian couples who have married in Arkansas and Wisconsin since those states’ bans on marriage equality were struck down in recent weeks.
Earlier this year, HRC president Chad Griffin made similar requests of Holder on behalf of same-sex couples wed under similar circumstances in Utah and Michigan.
Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson announced today that same-sex couples who paid $100 to apply for marriage licenses there last week can receive full refunds in order to get married in another state. Three out of Wisconsin’s four neighboring states support marriage equality.
A look at the battle over same-sex marriage in Wisconsin, from the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin, which filed the lawsuit that led to this month's federal ruling in favor of marriage equality.
Madison ranked No. 10 on the Queer Index, a listing of the most LGBT-friendly cities in the United States.
The list was released by Vocativ, a "global media organization for the digital generation," and is based on a survey of the country.
Wisconsin Democrats on June 16 asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples in the state for federal purposes.
Such a decision from the U.S. Justice Department would not be unprecedented.
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., on June 13, said Wisconsin deserves better than a governor and an attorney general defending discrimination.
On June 13, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb issued a temporary stay of her ruling that overturned the state's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in Wisconsin.
Hundreds of gay couples have married in Wisconsin since June 6, when a federal judge declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
The ceremonies have largely been concentrated in Milwaukee and Madison, where county clerks kept their offices open Friday night and Saturday to issue licenses. Clerks in other counties began issuing licenses on June 9.