Post submitted by Charlie Joughin, HRC Press Secretary
From the Denver Post:
The Colorado Supreme Court on Friday ordered Denver to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but stopped short of blocking other clerks already issuing the licenses.
The order follows an emergency request filed by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers on Monday, asking the Supreme Court to order the clerk to stop issuing gay marriage licenses. The order also imposes a stay preventing the Adams County clerk — which was also named in the case — from issuing such licenses.
The Adams County clerk had not begun issuing the licenses.
Clerks in Boulder and Pueblo, whose clerks are currently issuing same-sex marriage licenses, are not affected by the ruling. The Supreme Court also declined to take up a request by five other county clerks seeking direction on whether to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Last week Adams County District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree ruled against Colorado’s constitutional amendment banning marriage equality. In his ruling, Judge Crabtree wrote, “The Court holds that the Marriage Bans violate plaintiffs’ due process and equal protection guarantees under the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The existence of civil unions is further evidence of discrimination against same-sex couples and does not ameliorate the discriminatory effect of Marriage Bans.” Judge Crabtree stayed his ruling.
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