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Colorado Supreme Court Halts Gay Marriages in Boulder Following Appeal from Attorney General

SuthersColorado’s Supreme Court has ordered Boulder County to cease issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples while an appeal from Attorney General John Suthers [pictured] is heard.

The Denver Post reports:

In saying it would take the case, the state Supreme Court ordered Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall — the last clerk in Colorado still issuing licenses to gay couples — to stop.

A spokeswoman for Hall said the office is reviewing the court's order and would have a statement soon. Hall has previously said she would obey an order from the state Supreme Court.

Suthers, a Republican, claimed that county clerks were causing “irreparable harm” to the state by continuing to issue licenses to gay couples. 


Colorado Attorney General: Clerks Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Are Doing 'Irreparable Harm' to State

In a filing this past Sunday Colorado Attorney General John Suthers called for the Colorado Supreme Court to put a stop to Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall’s issuing of marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

John-william-suthers-fullbodyUSA Today reports:

In an unusual motion filed late Sunday evening, Suthers acknowledged that a federal judge last week declared unconstitutional the state's ban on same-sex marriage, but said the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately needs to decide. The federal judge who struck down that ban last week also said his order wouldn't go into effect for a month, giving higher courts time to review it.

From the Attorney General’s office:

"Each day that one clerk continues to issue same-sex marriage licenses — and publicly declare those licenses' validity, despite the state marriage laws and the attorney general's statements to the contrary — greater social and legal chaos ensues because the public is left confused and uncertain about the legal validity of such marriages and the role of clerks versus the role of the courts or other government officials in determining whether to enforce state law."

Hall has stated that she will continue to issue licenses due to a Boulder County-specific exception has allowed her office to do so despite the state’s Supreme Court orders for the Denver County clerk to desist. Hall has yet to provide a comment on Suthers’s latest attempt to stand in the way of marriage equality.

Watch the Clerk’s Office’s official video announcing their support for same sex marriage AFTER THE JUMP...

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Colorado’s Gay Marriage Ban Expected to Be Overturned Today

A federal judge in Colorado is expected to issue a ruling sometime today striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, the AP reports:

Colorado flagU.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore indicated that the injunction sought by gay couples declaring Colorado's law unconstitutional is certain to be granted. But he said what he's trying to decide is whether his ruling should be put on hold.

Colorado Republican Attorney General John Suthers is not opposing the injunction, but he wants it to be stayed until the nation's highest court decides the issue. However, the attorney for the gay couples told the judge repeatedly that "justice delayed is justice denied."

"Fundamental rights cannot be stayed," said Mari Newman, one of the attorneys filing suit on behalf of the six couples

Earlier this month, a district judge struck down the state’s ban on gay marriage – leading to some counties to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Colorado Supreme Court later halted the issuance of marriage licenses but a ruiling by Moore in favor of the plaintiffs, without a stay, would open the door to allowing clerks across the state to continue issuing licenses.  


Denver Baker Appeals Colorado Civil Rights Commission's Finding That He Discriminated Against Gay Couple

Jack phillips baker denver

Denver baker Jack Phillips has appealed an order from the Colorado Civil Rights Commission (CCRC) requiring him to prepare wedding cakes for same-sex couples, reports ABC News.

In May, the CCRC rejected Phillips’ appeal of a judge’s earlier ruling that he “unlawfully discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to sell them a wedding cake” in 2012.

Phillips has said that making the cake would violate the Christian principles by which he runs his business.

Phillips' attorneys say that the decision violates the baker’s First Amendment rights.

Earlier this month we reported that a bakery in Northern Ireland could face legal action from The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland for refusing to take an order for a cake with the slogan “support gay marriage.”

Watch a Fox News report on the Phillips case, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Colorado Supreme Court Halts Gay Marriages in Denver and Adams County

The Colorado Supreme Court halted the issuance of marriage licenses to gay couples in Denver on Friday, though other counties continued on, the Denver Post reports:

SuthersThe order by Colorado's high court follows an emergency request filed Monday by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers (pictured), asking the Supreme Court to order all county clerks 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 and said they would continue issuing licenses to gay couples. So far, Boulder has issued 156 marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Here is the ruling.


Colorado AG Appeals to State Supreme Court to Halt Gay Marriages After Circuit Judge Rejects His Request

SuthersAdams County District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree on Monday rejected Colorado Attorney General John Suthers's request to stop county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, prompting Suthers (pictured) to appeal to the state Supreme Court to halt them and issue a ruling on the constitutionality of the state's ban, which Crabtree struck down last week, the Denver Post reports.

Since Crabtree's ruling county clerks in Denver and Pueblo counties have joined the clerk of Boulder in issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. Following Crabtree's ruling striking down the ban, District Court Judge Andrew Hartman ruled that Boulder County could keep on issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.


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