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Same-sex ruling forces couples to adjust

Joshua and Artie Alan are just one of the many same-sex couples who's marraige licenses are in a state of limbo after Friday's stay on same-sex marraiges.

APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) - Joshua and Artie Alan are just one of the many same-sex couples who's marraige licenses are in a state of limbo after Friday's stay on same-sex marraiges.

Last week, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb overturned the state's gay marraige ban, allowing county clerks the power to issue licenses to couples. But while some counties waived the 5-day waiting period, others didn't. Leaving hundreds of couples in a state of limbo.

Political Science Professor Emeritus Michael Kraft said Judge Crabb had no choice to stay the order she issued a week earlier.

"The Supreme Court had already issued a similar stay in the case of Utah, which is on appeal in the 10th Circuit Court in Colorado," Kraft said. "And she said because the supreme court has already ruled under the guidelines that federal district courts follow, she has to be consisten with the U.S. Supreme Court."

Kraft said Wisconsin lawmakers will be looking to other court rulings for guidance. The decision in the case could take months due to appeals.

 


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