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Wis. Attorney General Threatens Jail for Gay Marriages

J.B. Van Hollen
J.B. Van Hollen

MADISON, WISCONSIN - Last Friday, Federal Judge Barbara Crabb struck down Wisconsin's unconstitutional same-sex marriage ban.

Since then, 61 of Wisconsin's 72 counties are complying with the order, issuing marriage licenses to loving same-sex couples. The State plans to appeal the ruling.

During an interview in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen threatened county clerks with jail time if they continue to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples; even though a Federal Judge ordered them to.

It is impossible for a state that guarantees equal protection under the law to allow some loving couples to get married, while denying other loving couples that same opportunity and right.

Tomorrow, J.B. Van Hollen will ask Judge Crabb to "stay" or put her ruling on hold. The judge already denied the first request for a stayed ruling.