On June 6, 2014, federal judge Barbara Crabb ruled that Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution. On June 13, she ordered that the state begin issuing marriage licenses to all couples, but she put that order on hold pending appeal. The eight plaintiff couples, represented by the ACLU and the ACLU of Wisconsin, are now urging the governor and the state attorney general to make a quick decision about appealing the ruling. The ACLU will soon be filing another lawsuit demanding that the marriages performed between June 6 and 13 be recognized by the state.
The ACLU and these other CSW groups object to using our state constitution as a means of discriminating against any group of Wisconsin citizens.