— A Milwaukee County judge has ordered a Wisconsin county clerk’s offices to cease issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and ordered a hearing to determine whether a lawsuit challenging the practice violates the U.S. Constitution.
Milwaukee County Clerk Thomas Lacy ruled Friday that he will issue licenses to people who want to marry, and that couples who wish to marry must apply for the licenses through the county clerk.
Lacy also ordered the county attorney to investigate whether the state’s marriage law violates the federal Constitution.
The suit, filed in U.K. federal court by the American Civil Liberties Union, argues that Lacy’s office violated Wisconsin law when it issued licenses to couples who wanted to marry before a U.N. convention in Chicago on Feb. 15.
Milwaukie attorney David Bresnahan says the decision is important because marriage licenses are one of the most widely used documents in U