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posted Friday, May 30 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 22
Wisconsin AG prepares to lose marriage case, asks for stay in advance
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Wisconsin AG prepares to lose marriage case, asks for stay in advance

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has asked a federal judge to commit in advance to stay any ruling she might make striking the state's ban on Gay and Lesbian marriages.

In a May 23 petition to U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb, Van Hollen said if the judge strikes down all or a part of Wisconsin's ban, he would appeal the decision to the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. While that appeal moves forward, Van Hollen argued, the judge should stay her ruling and prevent county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Not staying the decision and allowing same-sex marriages to go ahead would lead to 'chaos, confusion, uncertainty, and ultimately, further litigation,' Van Hollen said.

'The state is fighting tooth and nail to make sure that no same-sex couple in Wisconsin is allowed the freedom to marry, while signaling that they understand the weakness of their own legal position,' ACLU attorney John Knight told Associated Press.

The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit in February on behalf of four couples challenging Wisconsin's constitutional ban on Gay marriage. The lawsuit contends that the ban violates the couples' constitutional rights to equal protection and due process, and deprives them of legal protections opposite-sex married couples enjoy simply because of their sex.

Wisconsin voters amended the state constitution in 2006 to outlaw same-sex marriage or anything substantially similar. Since 2009 the state has offered same-sex couples domestic partner status that affords them a number of legal rights, but the Wisconsin Supreme Court is currently deciding whether the domestic partnership law violates the state constitution.

Van Hollen told WISN-TV on May 25 that he intended to defend Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage 'aggressively,' but that he expected to lose in federal court given recent rulings across the country in favor of Gay marriage.

Judge Crabb has put the case on an expedited schedule and asked the ACLU not to seek a temporary halt to enforcement of the ban in the meantime, since she hopes to rule on the merits of the case quickly.

While Van Hollen promised to defend the marriage ban, Republican Governor Scott Walker, once a vocal opponent of marriage equality, walked back some of his more extreme anti-Gay statements.

'Any federal judge has got to look at that law not only with respect to the state's constitution but what it means in terms of the U.S. Constitution, as well,' Walker said in an interview.

'Again, I'm not going to pretend to tell a federal judge in that regard what he or she should do about it ... I don't know what [allowing same-sex marriage] means. Voters don't talk to me about that. They talk to me about the economy. They talk to me about their kids' schools.'

Walker, a candidate for reelection this year and a potential 2016 Republican candidate for president, has evaded questions about controversial social issues. His likely Democratic opponent, Mary Burke, supports marriage equality.

A Marquette University law school poll released May 20 found that 55% of registered Wisconsin voters favor allowing Gays and Lesbians to marry legally, while 37% were opposed, 6% said they didn't know, and 2% refused to answer.

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