On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb issued a ruling against Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban. Since then, clerks and couples across the state have struggled to interpret her judgement — specifically, whether the ruling allowed for same-sex marriages to begin immediately in the state. That means that for the past two days some counties have issued licenses, while others have declined to do so. On Monday, Crabb addressed the confusion by, well, not clearing up very much at all. Crabb did not issue a stay, meaning same-sex marriages may continue in Wisconsin. However, she also let everyone know that her order was never intended to allow same-sex marriage to begin immediately.
Confused? So were a lot of people. On Friday, Buzzfeed's Chris Geidner explained that the decision from Crabb did not come with an injunction, the thing that tells everyone how the judge thinks the decision should be enforced. Crabb instead asked both sides of the debate to provide additional materials for her future consideration of whether her ruling would come with a stay pending appeal — meaning that we wouldn't learn whether Crabb wanted Wisconsin to start enforcing her ruling or not until later in June. That's not what some Wisconsin counties decided, however. Apparently because the ruling was issued without a stay, some county clerks decided to go ahead and issue licenses. At least 41 counties in the state were marrying same-sex couples as of Monday, according to the AP. Several have said they will not.