Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Court orders Boulder to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 10:56 AM

click to enlarge Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall - BOULDERCOUNTY.ORG
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  • Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall
While a full resolution to the larger issue is likely still months off, Attorney General John Suthers scored a victory in the fight over same-sex marriage yesterday.

Suthers, who is defending Colorado's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage against myriad state and federal lawsuits challenging its constitutionality, asked the Colorado Supreme Court to stop Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. At one point, Denver, Pueblo and Boulder were issuing the licenses, but a judge stopped Denver, and Pueblo stopped voluntarily. That left Boulder as the last county in the state issuing the licenses.

The court ordered Hall to stop issuing licenses, and she has complied. (Those actions came after the Independent's deadline, and thus today's story on the issue is now outdated.) Thus, Colorado same-sex couples who want to wed will likely have to wait until a judicial resolution is reached on the ban.

That resolution could either come from the Colorado Supreme Court, which is expected to reach a decision early next year, or from a federal court. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to hear the case soon, though a final federal resolution on the issue of same-sex marriage may come from the U.S. Supreme Court.

So far, lower courts have ruled consistently that Colorado's ban is unconstitutional, though they've stayed their rulings pending appeals.

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