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Wisconsin Marriage Licenses Halted (VIDEO)

06/17/2014 11:06 am ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

It's been a tumultuous few days for the freedom to marry in Wisconsin. Thanks to a tussle involving politicians, couples, clerks, and the courts, the state of marriage equality has been changing by the day.

First the state's marriage-equality ban was overturned, and a few clerks began issuing licenses immediately (while others refused, and a few others insisted on observing a waiting period).

But the situation seems to have stabilized, somewhat, for a while. As of this week, clerks are no longer issuing licenses. That leaves hundreds of couples in a strange legal limbo: They were able to obtain marriage licenses during the one-week window, but are the licenses valid?

Wisconsin Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen will probably argue that they are not. He's been fighting gay and lesbian couples tooth and nail to prevent the recognition of their relationships. As in other states the ACLU will most likely file suit to force the state to honor the licenses that it issued.

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