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ACLU Reacts to Gay Marriage Ruling

ACLU Reacts to Gay Marriage Ruling

Updated: Jun 09, 2014 06:13 AM
After hundreds of same-sex couples got married over the weekend in Wisconsin, there are now questions over whether or not those marriages are legal.

That's because Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is looking to stop marriage licenses from being issued through a federal court order.

 The American Civil Liberty Union helps explain what this could mean for same-sex couples still hoping to tie the knot.

Getting married this weekend was a dream come true for many gay couples in Milwaukee and Dane Counties, but what happens next isn't clear.  

"The ACLU believes the ban has been struck down, but individual county clerks, whether it's Milwaukee, Dane and other counties around Wisconsin, they're going to have to make up their own mind using independent legal advice as to whether or not they're going to start issuing licenses," said the group's executive director, Chris Ahmuty.

Appearing on "Up Front with Mike Gousha" Sunday morning, Ahmuty said he thinks it's unlikely those who were married will later have those marriages declared invalid.

"I think the risk of that is low," he said. "It would mean that a higher court, the court of appeals, would have to invalidate the decision and order."

 He adds where county clerks are issuing marriage licenses, couples should move forward with plans to get married.

"I think the worst that could happen if someone got a license today or Monday and even if it weren't legal according to circuit order it will be by the time we have a decision," Ahmuty said.
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