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Judge promises quick ruling on Wisconsin's gay marriage ban

MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  The plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Wisconsin's gay marriage ban have agreed not to try and shut down the ban while a federal court considers the matter. Instead the American Civil Liberties Union took the advice of Federal Judge Barbara Crabb, and agreed to let her expedite the case to reach a decision earlier than she would otherwise. Crabb told the A-C-L-U last week that it probably wouldn't do any good to seek a temporary injunction. That's because similar injunctions have been immediately overturned in other states.

The Wisconsin State Journal said the A-C-L-U backed off after prosecutors in Eau Claire and Milwaukee counties agreed not to prosecute two couples who were recently married in Minnesota. Those couples are plaintiffs in the Wisconsin lawsuit, which also seeks to strike down a state law which makes it a crime for gay couples to get married elsewhere.

The state Justice Department, which is defending the gay marriage ban, did not comment on the A-C-L-U's decision.