Government
5:42 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Federal Judge Rules Wisconsin's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

A federal judge has overturned Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban.   

In her decision Friday afternoon, U.S District Judge Barbara Crabb cited the US Supreme Court’s overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act. 

Wisconsin’s Attorney General AG Van Hollen describes it as a setback and says current law remains in force. 

Van Hollen says he will file emergency motions in federal courts to stay Judge Crabb's order, in response to reports of some county clerks already issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

The state's Democratic party is hailing the decision as the dawn of a new era.  Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke is calling it a great day for Wisconsin.