ACLU seeks Preliminary Block on Gay Marriage Ban

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union has asked a federal judge to issue a preliminary injunction blocking Wisconsin's gay marriage ban while the organization's lawsuit challenging the prohibition continues.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit Feb. 3 on behalf of a group of same-sex couples arguing the ban is unconstitutional.

The organization filed a motion Thursday with U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker seeking a preliminary injunction that would essentially invalidate the ban while the lawsuit works its way through court. In a brief accompanying the motion the ACLU argued they're entitled to a preliminary injunction because they'll likely win the lawsuit and the ban imposes irreparable harm on the same-sex couples.

The state Justice Department is defending the ban. A spokeswoman says the agency will respond to the motion in court.


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