The American Civil Liberties Union, which earlier this month sued in federal court to overturn Wisconsin's marriage discrimination amendment, asked a federal judge yesterday to block the amendment while the lawsuit proceeds because of the active harm it causes to the state's same-sex couples.
The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports:
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a motion on Thursday with U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb seeking a preliminary injunction that would essentially nullify the ban until a final decision comes down.
ACLU attorneys argued in a brief supporting the motion they deserve a preliminary injunction because keeping the ban in place impairs gay couples' legal rights and exposes gay Wisconsin couples who married in other states to potential prosecution.
"As a result of this marriage ban, two people who love each other and wish to commit to each other and build a life and family together are prohibited from marrying in Wisconsin and denied recognition of their existing marriage entered legally under the laws of another jurisdiction ... if they are of the same sex," the brief said.
The state Department of Justice, which is led by Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, is defending the ban. A spokeswoman said Friday the agency would respond in court. Crabb has set a hearing on the motion for March 27.
Well done, ACLU! This Cheesehead thanks you..