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Judge Refuses to Stop Boulder County Clerk from Issuing Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples

This morning a state court judge in Colorado denied a request from Colorado Attorney General John Suthers to order Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  Last month the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, which has jurisdiction over Colorado, struck down an amendment to the Utah Constitution banning marriage equality, but stayed its ruling pending an appeal.  This prompted Clerk Hall to begin issuing licenses to same-sex couples in Boulder. 

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers requested that the court order Clerk Hall to stop issuing such licenses, arguing that she is causing ‘legal chaos and confusion.’  But Boulder County District Court Judge Andrew Hartman ruled, “As a procedural case, the Court has little choice but to deny the motion.

Shortly thereafter, Denver Clerk Debra Johnson announced that her office would begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples beginning immediately.

Yesterday in a separate case, a state judge ruled Colorado’s ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional.  He also stayed his ruling pending an appeal.

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