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UPDATE: Judge won't speed up gay marriage stay decision

Posted July 9th, 2014 @ 1:04pm by Associated Press

UPDATED Wednesday, July 9, 2014 ---

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal judge will not speed up the briefing schedule in the American Civil Liberties Union request that she lift a stay on gay marriages in Wisconsin.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb on Wednesday said she would stick to the current schedule, which gives Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen until Thursday to file an appeal to the request that the stay be lifted.

The ACLU argued the stay should be lifted because Van Hollen is delaying filing an appeal to her original June 6 ruling declaring the gay marriage ban unconstitutional.

Van Hollen has until July 21 to appeal Crabb's ruling striking down the law, something his spokeswoman has said will be done by the deadline.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ The American Civil Liberties Union has asked a federal judge to lift a stay on gay marriages in Wisconsin.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb found the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional in an ACLU lawsuit June 6, sending same-sex couples rushing to courthouses to marry.

Crabb issued an injunction a week later officially barring clerks from enforcing the ban but granted Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's request to stay the order pending appeal.

The ACLU filed a motion Thursday asking Crabb to lift the stay, arguing Van Hollen has had 17 days to appeal but has done nothing in hopes of delaying a ruling as long as possible.

Van Hollen has until July 21 to file under court rules. His spokeswoman says the ACLU's impatience won't affect his timing.

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