August 05, 2014 Practice Points

Wisconsin Federal Judge Stays Ruling Overturning Same-Sex Marriage Ban

By Nick Drury

On June 13, 2014, in Wisconsin, U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb hesitantly granted a stay to her June 6th ruling striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban. However, in the interim week all across the state, same-sex couples arrived at county clerks' offices seeking marriage licenses. In some circumstances, the clerks granted the marriage licenses and in others they did not. In approximately 60 out of Wisconsin's 72 counties, marriage licenses were issued to over 500 same-sex couples before the clerks were enjoined from processing further license applications. The underlying case is Wolf v. Walker in the Western District of Wisconsin.

Keywords: litigation, LGBT, Wisconsin, same-sex marriage, marriage bans, marriage licenses

Nick Drury is with Sandman, Levy and Petrich in Chicago, Illinois.

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