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ACLU files lawsuit to block gay marriage ban

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The American Civil Liberties Union has asked a federal judge to temporarily halt Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage, while the group challenges the ban in court.

Madison Judge Barbara Crabb will hold a hearing on the request March 27th.

The ACLU filed the lawsuit February 3rd, with four same-sex couples listed as the plaintiffs. The group says it's entitled to a preliminary injunction, claiming it will probably win the lawsuit.

The plaintiffs also said Wisconsin's gay marriage ban poses irreparable harm on same-sex couples.

The state Justice Department is defending the lawsuit. It does not plan to disclose its response until the federal court hearing.

Wisconsin's constitutional ban on gay marriage and civil unions has been in place since 2006.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)