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Newlywed same-sex couples react to marriage hold


A temporary hold on same-sex marriages is leaving some newlywed couples confused.

Couples who wed after a federal judge lifted Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban say they're unsure what the most recent ruling means for their licenses.

For the past 16 years, Lisa Akey and Tammy Rajek of Mosinee say they had only one hope: to be legally married.

On Thursday, they officially tied the knot in Marathon County when the County Clerk began issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

"To have that, the legality of it to actually be recognized was really amazing and was really important to us," said Rajek.

Now, they wonder if the future of their legal marriage is in jeopardy.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb put a hold on same-sex marriages.

Crabb says she made the decision based on the U.S. Supreme Court, which made a similar ruling in Utah.

Only a week before, Crabb had ruled Wisconsin's ban on the marriages unconstitutional, but Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen requested she put them on hold.

Akey and Rajek say they saw the hold coming.

"There was that window of opportunity and we were going to use it to our advantage because we weren't just going to let it pass by, while it was there," said Akey.

In a statement Friday, Wisconsin Attorney General Van Hollen said he was "very pleased" with Crabb's decision.

Van Hollen said, "By staying this ruling, she has confirmed that Wisconsin's law regarding same-sex marriage remains in full force and effect."

Earlier in the week, Van Hollen said county clerks issuing same-sex marriage licenses could face charges from local district attorneys for breaking the law.

Before the hold was put in place, all but 12 of Wisconsin's 72 counties were issuing licenses.

Akey and Rajek say they're unsure what the future holds for their marriage.

"I'm a little worried that we went through everything and all those emotions the day before and now maybe we aren't married or that it's not going to stand up in court," said Akey.

Now, the couple says they're waiting for answers.

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