CO Supreme Court Orders Boulder County To Stop Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

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Denver, CO (KDVR) -- The Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The order came because the Supreme Court has decided to take up the case on or before October of this year.

Boulder County has been issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples since the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver found that a Utah gay marriage ban was unconstitutional. Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall decided the ruling gave her legal clearance to start issuing the licenses.

Colorado's Attorney General John Suthers has been fighting in court with Hall to stop the county from issuing licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

Up until now Hall had been winning the legal battle. Both a Boulder County judge and a Colorado court of appeals denied Suther's requests.

Yesterday he took the issue to the state Supreme Court saying there has been "statewide confusion and legal chaos revolving around same-sex marriage in Colorado."

So far 202 same-sex marriage licenses have been issued in Boulder County.

"I am disappointed by the Colorado Supreme Court's stay, but I will comply with the order," Hall said in a statement. "Given the avalanche of recent cases determining that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional, I am hopeful the stay will be short-lived and that we will be able to resume issuing licenses soon."


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