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Judge orders temporary halt to same sex marriages

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The federal judge who is putting a stop to gay marriages in Wisconsin says it was a difficult decision.
   U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb on Friday put the marriages on hold after striking down the law and ordering clerks not to deny issuing the licenses.
   But she says in her ruling that putting it on hold is difficult "After seeing the expressions of joy on the faces of so many newly wedded couples."
   Crabb says because the U.S. Supreme Court had put a similar ruling out of Utah on hold, she had to do that in Wisconsin.
   Crabb says it is understandable that same-sex couples don't want to wait any longer than they have to in order "to receive equal treatment under the law."

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Same-sex marriages have been put on hold in Wisconsin by a federal judge who last week struck down the state's gay marriage ban as unconstitutional.
   U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb's ruling Friday means that gay marriages, which have been taking place across the state for a week, will end while the case is pending.
   Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen requested that Crabb's ruling be put on hold. Crabb last week declared the state's ban unconstitutional but did not tell the state how to proceed. On Friday she issued an order saying the weddings are legal, but then put it on hold per Van Hollen's request.
   All but 12 of Wisconsin's 72 county clerks began issuing licenses to same-sex couples after Crabb's ruling last week, even though Van Hollen had argued that was premature.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Federal judge who struck down Wisconsin's gay marriage ban orders temporary halt to marriages.

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