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Wisconsin Chief Lawyer Appeals Gay Marriage Ruling

WASHINGTON - AUGUST 21:  TV reporter Roby Chavez (L) hold hands with his partner Chris Roe (R) during their wedding ceremony, officiated by Rev. Dwayne Johnson (C) of Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, August 21, 2010 at the Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, DC. Chavez of Matthews, Louisiana, and Roe, of Monticello, Wisconsin, tied the knot after they have been together for five years. Roe popped the question on the night when DC became the sixth place in the U.S. to legalize same-sex marriage while Chavez was on a tight deadline covering the story. The couple will spend two weeks in Greece for their honeymoon.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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ADISON, Wis. (AP) — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has asked a federal appeals court to halt gay weddings in Wisconsin after a judge declared the state’s ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional.

The Republican Van Hollen filed the motion Monday in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb struck down the state’s ban on Friday, but her ruling caused confusion because she didn’t specifically tell county and state officials whether they could issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Clerks in Madison and Milwaukee immediately began issuing licenses.

Crabb has scheduled a Monday afternoon hearing to consider Van Hollen’s request late Friday to put her decision on hold and stop clerks from issuing licenses.

He filed a similar request Monday in federal appeals court.

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