US: Wisconsin Attorney General expected to petition federal court to stop gay couples from marrying

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The Attorney General in the US state of Wisconsin is expected this week to petition a federal court in order to stop same-sex couples from marrying in the state.

US District Judge Barbara Crabb struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban on Friday, and did not stay her own ruling, allowing same-sex couples to marry immediately.

However, Republican Attorney General J B Van Hollen asked Judge Crabb to stay her own ruling to stop gay and lesbian couples from marrying in the state.

He is now expected to petition a federal appeals court in an attempt to stop county clerks from issuing marriage licences to same-sex couples.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which filed the lawsuit on behalf of eight couples, has urged same-sex couples to continue marrying, despite fears that a marriage ban could be put back in place.