MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Two Portage County residents that weren't able to get married because their county clerk refused to grant licenses to same-sex couples are disappointed a judge halted them statewide.
Sixty of Wisconsin's 72 county clerks had started issuing licenses after U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb struck down the law banning same-sex marriage last week. On Friday, she put that ruling on hold.
Allen Rasmussen and Keith Kitsembel tried unsuccessfully to be married in Portage County nine times since Monday. Kitsembel says they had a small window of opportunity and are very disappointed in their county clerk.
Theresa McCraw, of Stevens Point, says she's stubborn and will be patient to legally marry the woman she married in a religious ceremony seven years ago. She's hopeful Wisconsin will eventually join other states.
Judge says it's 'difficult' to stop gay marriages
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."
Disappointment, happiness over gay marriage ruling
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says he is "very pleased" that a federal judge has put on hold her ruling striking down Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriages.
Friday's ruling means that same-sex marriage licenses can no longer be issued. County clerks had been issuing the licenses since last week, when U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb struck down the law but did not issue an order telling state officials how to proceed.
Crabb on Friday barred clerks from denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples, then put that on hold as well as her ruling striking down the law.
American Civil Liberties Union attorney John Knight says he's disappointed with the ruling, but he was confident that marriage will be a reality for all in Wisconsin soon
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."