MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ The confusion over gay marriages in Wisconsin is getting thicker.
U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb has ruled the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional in an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit but hasn't ordered clerks to start issuing licenses or barred them from doing so. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has asked the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to halt gay marriages pending an appeal.
The court asked both sides Monday to submit briefs on whether it has jurisdiction by Wednesday.
On Tuesday the court released an order saying it appears it lacks jurisdiction because Crabb isn't done with the case. The order told Van Hollen to file briefs showing why the court should continue with his request.
But the court later erased the order, saying it was mistakenly released.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ It looks like a federal appeals court won't rule on whether to halt gay marriages in Wisconsin until at least Wednesday.
U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb struck down Wisconsin's gay marriage ban Friday in an American Civil Liberties lawsuit. She declared the ban unconstitutional but stopped short of ordering clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, saying she wants a draft ACLU order on how it wants the decision implemented. County clerks across the state have started issuing licenses anyway.
Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has asked the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to halt the marriages while he appeals.
The appellate court on Monday gave the state and ACLU until 5 p.m. Wednesday to file briefs on whether the court has jurisdiction in the case.