Gay couples begin getting married in Wisconsin

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge's ruling striking down Wisconsin's gay marriage ban has led some clerks to start issuing marriage licenses.

Clerks in Madison and Milwaukee planned to be issue more licenses on Saturday, despite confusion over the effect of the ruling.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb's ruling late Friday afternoon found the ban unconstitutional. But she also asked the gay couples who sued to describe exactly what they wanted her to block in the law. She said she would later decide whether to put her decision on hold while it is appealed.

Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen insists the ruling did not clear the way for weddings to begin. Van Hollen has sought an emergency order in federal court to stop more marriage licenses from being issued.

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