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MADISON (AP) — Same-sex marriages have been put on hold in Wisconsin by a federal judge who last week struck down the state's gay marriage ban as unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb's ruling Friday means that gay marriages, which have been taking place across the state for a week, will end while the case is pending.

CLICK HERE to read the ruling issued on Friday, June 13.

Judge Crabb says in her ruling that putting it on hold is difficult, "After seeing the expressions of joy on the faces of so many newly wedded couples."

Crabb says because the U.S. Supreme Court had put a similar ruling out of Utah on hold, she had to do that in Wisconsin.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen requested that Crabb's ruling be put on hold. Crabb last week declared the state's ban unconstitutional but did not tell the state how to proceed. On Friday she issued an order saying the weddings are legal, but then put it on hold per Van Hollen's request.

Van Hollen issued the following statement in regards to Judge Crabb's ruling on Friday:

“I am very pleased that Judge Crabb has followed the lead of courts across the country, including the United States Supreme Court, and fully stayed her ruling. By staying this ruling, she has confirmed that Wisconsin’s law regarding same-sex marriage remains in full force and effect. The state and all of its agencies and subdivisions must follow and enforce Wisconsin’s marriage law.  County clerks do not have authority under Wisconsin law to issue same-sex marriage licenses.  Judge Crabb’s stay makes this abundantly clear.”

The Wisconsin Department of Justice will file a notice of appeal with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, challenging the District Court’s underlying ruling that portions of Wisconsin’s marriage law and Article XIII, Section 13 of the state constitution violate the federal constitution.

Senate Democratic Leader Chris Larson also issued a statement saying:

"After years of discrimination, many loving, committed couples were finally able to exercise their freedom to marry. Today’s stay of the previous injunction is yet another step to continue on the path towards ending state sponsored discrimination in Wisconsin. As marriage equality spreads across America, we know most of these fights for freedom are won in the court of law."

All but 12 of Wisconsin's 72 county clerks began issuing licenses to same-sex couples after Crabb's ruling last week, even though Van Hollen had argued that was premature.

Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com for updates on this developing story.

35 comments

    • Laissez Faire

      What are you blathering on about? Only in the US? Get your head out of the sand and let people be happy. To the reverend, per George Carlin: my god’s dick is bigger than your god’s (and he says that gays are ok).

  • Z

    Liberals don’t believe in God or the bible,so this is no shock. Next thing they will be allowing is bigamy and people marrying their brothers/sisters, their pets. Instead of our motto being “The land of the free”,it should say “Liberals,ruining the country one state at a time”

    • Laissez Faire

      I don’t believe in that which holds us back. The bible is an abomination and should be called out for the giant fallacy which it is.

      • REV.KEVIN KOHLMEIER @ALL FAITH SOLID FOUNDATION INSTITUTION

        REALLY? THE BIBLE IS AN ABOMINATION? THIS ISN’T ABOUT BEING A LIBERAL OR A CONSERVATIVE. RIGHT IS RIGHT. YOU DON’T SEE TWO LIONS TRYING TO GET IT ON TOGETHER. EVEN THE ANIMALS HAVE MORE SENSE THAN WE DO. FOR A FALLACY, IT SURE IS COMING TRUE. PEOPLE ARE JUST TO IGNORANT TO PAY ATTENTION.

      • nichole

        Rev. Many animals actually present more homosexual relationships than straight ones. Giraffes being one of those species. So please, get your facts straight before ranting your biggoted, small minded opinion. “If you are going to have a closed mind, then keep your mouth closed too.

      • REV.KEVIN KOHLMEIER @ALL FAITH SOLID FOUNDATION INSTITUTION

        If believing the Word of God makes me a bigot, then what does it make you……a fool?

  • REV.KEVIN KOHLMEIER @ALL FAITH SOLID FOUNDATION INSTITUTION

    To our political leaders. If we truly are one nation under God, then we conduct ourselves according to scripture. Stand up for what God says is right, not man. Someone has to take a stand.

    • Kimberly Flynn Boschee

      Separation of Church and State mean anything, anymore? The State should not be hearing legal issues related to something being opposed due to religious beliefs. This country was founded on treating people equally.

      • REV.KEVIN KOHLMEIER @ALL FAITH SOLID FOUNDATION INSTITUTION

        Then we truly are not one nation under God are we.

    • Equality

      You want a political opinion? Then your church needs to pay taxes. Your opinion does not matter when it infringes on someone else’s civil rights.

      • REV.KEVIN KOHLMEIER @ALL FAITH SOLID FOUNDATION INSTITUTION

        Its not an opinion. It is written in the bible. A-B-O-M-I-N-A-T-I-O-N. And as far as the child being grazed by a bullet, if people raised their children correctly and instilled morals and values, instead of cussing them out and calling them every name in the book, there would be far less of this happening. Yes we are created equal. Marriage was ordained by God, not civil rights. It is not nor will it ever be considered a marriage in the eyes of God. I didn’t say it, the bible does. As far as the violence is concerned, WE are reaping what WE have sowed. What’s going to be the excuse you use when you stand before God?

      • REV.KEVIN KOHLMEIER @ALL FAITH SOLID FOUNDATION INSTITUTION

        DON’T RECALL ASKING FOR A POLITICAL OPINION.

    • Katherine

      The god stupidity was added during the communist scare…. back when people also were instructed to hide under their desk in the event of a nuclear strike. It was a tactic to try to keep communistic thoughts at bay and keep the populous in unity. It’s a form of mind control that proved successful in the cults of that time.

    • Alter Boy

      So we can never be “official”? Fine I guess I’ll just show my love in private, as always. – Jobe: 5:42

    • Alter Boy

      So we can never be “official”? Fine I guess I’ll just show my love in private, as always. – Jobe: 5:42

  • ELL

    It’s amusing that the article underneath this is about a child being grazed in a drive by shooting, yet you holier than thou conservatives concern yourself with who’s marrying whom. Truly a backwards bunch you are.

    • REV.KEVIN KOHLMEIER @ALL FAITH SOLID FOUNDATION INSTITUTION

      So what is the remedy? How do you fix it? How do you stop it? What solution have you taken the time to come up with that will solve this dilemma? None. All the police and programs and funding, cannot stop this. You have to go back to the home and unfortunately a lot of parents that have children are not, cannot and will not raise them correctly.

      • Kyle

        Rev. Kevin the solution is advancing multiple different scientific models for research to help everyday life. Science is key to bringing about peace and prosperity.

    • glacier1

      LOL. Yeah okay. Maybe if the holier than thou LIBERAL judges, especially those in Dane and Milwaukee county, would impose meaningful sentences on thugs, maybe this child wouldn’t have been grazed in a drive by shooting. But no, they prefer the revolving door policy. In the eyes of many, you are truly a despicable bunch for allowing this to happen.. So you see? You are no better then conservatives.

      G1

  • Carissa C

    EVERYONE deserves equality regardless their race/sexual orientation. Come on now!!! Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness! Why would you deny someone their happiness? Who are you to determine whether they are fit to marry or not? You are wrong to deny them of their marriage rights. I am so furious! I am straight and I see that this is completely wrong! I am disgusted with this ruling. I THOUGHT WE LIVED IN THE LAND OF THE FREE.

  • Z

    I guess us voters have again no say. Thank you judge Crabbs (perfect name for your). You and all the other Godless liberals have ruined this once great country the USED to be proud of having faith in God,family,and morals. Zeig Heil!!

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