Disappointment, happiness over gay marriage ruling

  • Associated Press
  • June 13, 2014 - 6:05 PM

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says he is "very pleased" that a federal judge has put on hold her ruling striking down Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriages.

Friday's ruling means that same-sex marriage licenses can no longer be issued. County clerks had been issuing the licenses since last week, when U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb struck down the law but did not issue an order telling state officials how to proceed.

Crabb on Friday barred clerks from denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples, then put that on hold as well as her ruling striking down the law.

American Civil Liberties Union attorney John Knight says he's disappointed with the ruling, but he was confident that marriage will be a reality for all in Wisconsin soon.

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