Federal Judge in Wisconsin Issues Stay, Puts Same-Sex Marriage on Hold

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-06_98c4144c54.jpgHemera/Thinkstock (MADISON, Wis.) -- A federal judge in Wisconsin who struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriages last week put those marriages on hold on Friday by issuing a stay. Nearly 600 marriage licenses were issued in the 60 counties that allowed same-sex marriages between the ruling and the stay being issued by U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb.

The stay is expected to allow Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to pursue an appeal to Crabb's earlier ruling. In requesting the stay, Van Hollen released a statement on Monday, saying that he hoped a stay would maintain "status quo during the appeal process and [prevent] the introduction of uncertainty, inconsistency, and confusion into Wisconsin's marriage laws."

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