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ACLU to judge: Lift Wisconsin gay marriage stay

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union has asked a federal judge to lift a stay on gay marriages in Wisconsin.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb found the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional in an ACLU lawsuit June 6, sending same-sex couples rushing to courthouses to marry.

Crabb issued an injunction a week later officially barring clerks from enforcing the ban but granted Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's request to stay the order pending appeal.

The ACLU filed a motion Thursday asking Crabb to lift the stay, arguing Van Hollen has had 17 days to appeal but has done nothing in hopes of delaying a ruling as long as possible.

Van Hollen has until July 21 to file under court rules. His spokeswoman says the ACLU's impatience won't affect his timing.

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