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Madison federal judge to hold Friday hearing on next step in gay marriage ruling

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Federal Judge Barbara Crabb will hold a hearing Friday afternoon, to consider arguments over what state officials should do next in handling gay marriages.

The hearing is set for 1 p.m. in Madison.

Crabb ruled a week ago that the state's 2006 ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, but she did not tell the state or its counties how to proceed.

Since then, the main plaintiff in the case -- the ACLU -- filed a request to force the state to allow same-sex marriages, and to legally recognize gay marriages performed in other states.

State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says the ACLU's request is too broad. He's trying to get the ban reinstated, at least until higher courts can consider Crabb's ruling.

Van Hollen has asked both Crabb and a federal appeals court to put the ruling on hold while it's being appealed.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)