Federal Judge Puts Temporary Ban on Wisconsin Same-Sex Marriages

By:  Dave Bohon
Federal Judge Puts Temporary Ban on Wisconsin Same-Sex Marriages

A federal judge has put a stay on her week-old ruling that overturned Wisconsin's marriage protection amendment and legalized same-sex marriage in the state.

As many as 500 same-sex couples had taken advantage of Judge Barbara B. Crabb's June 6 ruling that had overturned Wisconsin's constitutional amendment defining marriage as only between a man and a woman. The 2006 amendment had been approved by 59 percent of Wisconsin voters.

On June 13 Crabb reluctantly put a stay on her decision after the state's attorney general, J. B. Van Hollen, filed an appeal, asking Crabb to block further same-sex unions until the case makes its way through the legal process.

Following a 30-minute hearing on the case, Crabb said that she would halt further same-sex marriages, citing the U.S. Supreme Court's recent similar decision in Utah.

“After seeing the expressions of joy on the faces of so many newly wedded couples featured in media reports,” Crabb wrote in a disturbingly biased order, “I find it difficult to impose a stay on the event that is responsible for eliciting that emotion, even if the stay is only temporary. Same-sex couples have waited many years to receive equal treatment under the law, so it is understandable that they do not want to wait any longer. However, a Federal District Court is required to follow the guidance provided by the Supreme Court.”

Attorney General Van Hollen's appeal will go to the federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, and while the process “could potentially take years to decide,” reported the Christian News Network, “many expect that the U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately render a decision on the issue much sooner from a state that is further along in the appeals process than Wisconsin.”

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