Nine Couples File Suit to Overturn Colorado’s Gay Marriage Ban

On Wednesday Colorado saw the filing of a second lawsuit challenging its ban on gay marriage, the Denver Post reports:

HickenlooperThe lawsuit filed Wednesday names Gov. John Hickenlooper (pictured) and Denver City Clerk Debra Johnson as defendants. Currently Colorado permits civil unions between gay couples, but the Colorado constitution bans gay marriage.

"This denial of equal protection, due process, and basic fairness violates the Constitution of the United States of America," says the lawsuit filed by the law firms of Reilly Pozner, Law of the Rockies and Gutterman Griffiths.

Colorado's attorney general John Suthers told the Denver Post he will defend the state's ban.

The AP adds:

According to the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Denver District Court, four of the couples applied for marriage licenses in Denver in recent days, one pair on Valentine’s Day. The other five married in states where such unions are legal but live in Colorado, where “their valid marriages are reduced to second-class and unequal civil unions, which do not afford them the same rights, protections and security as marriage,” the lawsuit says.

Read the complaint here.

Last October, Dr. Rebecca Brinkman and her partner Margaret Burd filed a suit against Colorado seeking the freedom to marry.


  1. Randy says

    This particular complaint is interesting because it involves a variety of couples. Also, it’s the first one that I’ve seen to talk about the fundamental right to travel.

    I’m glad to see it spent appropriate space on noting discrimination based on individual sex/gender (they used it interchangeably) although I might have worded it a bit differently. I would have said that (for example, picking this couple because they had short names starting with different letters) having decided that he loves and wishes to marry Joshua, Tommy is prevented from marrying Joshua because Tommy is male, but Tommy should not be required to change sex in order to marry Joshua (or, if Colorado would STILL deny the marriage, then there’s simply no way at all for Tommy to marry the person of his choice).

  2. Erick says

    I just want my Government to give me the same rights as everyone else who pays taxes. I live in Colorado Springs and maybe if some of the people that try to run my life hair was to catch fire, then there would be less of them. I am so tired of my life and my rights being taken from me because of some other persons beliefs, I say give me the same rights or pay me and all us other second class citizens back our tax money. I wonder how many states would go bankrupt if we did that. I dont see how they can defend this because if you let other couples come from states and accept that they are married you have to do it for all.

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