CHICAGO (WTAQ/WSAU) - A federal appeals court will not decide until Wednesday night at the earliest whether gay marriages in Wisconsin should be put on hold.
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago has asked both sides to submit legal briefs by 5 p.m. Wednesday.
After that, a three-judge panel is expected to consider the state Justice Department's request to delay Federal Judge Barbara Crabb's ruling, which said the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional.
A stay would prevent Wisconsin counties from issuing any more same-sex marriage licenses. Hundreds have been issued since Judge Crabb's ruling late Friday afternoon.
The judge did not address the question of whether counties had the right to issue marriage licenses to gay couples in the wake of her ruling.
The Justice Department has also asked Crabb to put her decision on hold until it's appealed. She'll hold a hearing on that request June 19th.
For now, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says counties should not issue same-sex licenses -- although more than 40 are doing so. Dane County Clerk Scott McDonnell says he'll keep issuing those licenses because it's the legal status quo for now.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)