ACLU Prepares for Another Potential Lawsuit to Preserve Gay Marr - WBAY

ACLU Prepares for Another Potential Lawsuit to Preserve Gay Marriages

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Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin are preparing to potentially file another lawsuit over same-sex marriages in Wisconsin.

The lawsuit would ask a judge to legally recognize the 555 couples who received marriage licenses last month before gay marriage was put on hold.

"It would be very similar to the case in Utah where we would be suing the state to recognize the marriages that happened during the window when marriage equality was part of the law here," Kristin Hansen said, the director of development for the Wisconsin ACLU.

Surveys were sent to same-sex couples asking if they'd be part of another lawsuit to ensure state and federal benefits.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's office has said the validity of the marriages are uncertain, adding county clerks issued them without any legal authority.

This month the state plans to appeal the federal judge's ruling which called Wisconsin's voter-approved ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

As of mid-week the ACLU had 60 responses from couples willing to be part of another legal battle.

"We want them to know we will not abandon, them," Hansen said. "We know that there's some questions, that they feel a little bit in limbo, but we absolutely are confident that their marriages are legal."

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