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Judge: Temporary gay marriage ban block unlikely (UPDATE)

Judi Trampf, left, and her partner, Katy Heyning, both of Madison, Wis., speak during a press conference announcing the filing of a federal lawsuit challenging the legality of Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage at the Madison Concourse Hotel in Madison, Wis., Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. The American Civil Liberties Union is filing the suit on behalf of the couple, as well as three others, who are going to court for the right to marry. (AP Photo/John Hart, Wisconsin State Journal)

Judi Trampf (left), and her partner, Katy Heyning, both of Madison, speak during a press conference Feb. 3 announcing the filing of a federal lawsuit challenging the legality of the state’s ban on gay marriage. (AP Photo/John Hart, Wisconsin State Journal)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge has asked the American Civil Liberties Union to reconsider its request to temporarily block Wisconsin’s gay marriage ban.

The American Civil Liberties Union wants U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb to issue a temporary order nullifying the ban while she weighs the organization’s lawsuit challenging it.

Crabb said Tuesday a number of federal courts have stayed such temporary orders in similar gay marriage lawsuits. She said it would serve little purpose to issue one just to stay it.

She said ACLU attorneys have until March 11 to file a brief persuading her that the injunction would be appropriate in light of the other cases and whether an expedited court schedule would serve the same purpose.

ACLU attorney John Knight the organization will file the brief by the deadline.

Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

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