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Colorado Supreme Court Lifts Injunction, Allows County Clerks To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

6a00d8341c730253ef01a73e065169970d-250wiThe Colorado Supreme Court has lifted injunctions against three county clerks in Colorado, clearing the way for them to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, The Denver Post reports. The move from the Colorado high court comes after the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday denied to hear an appeal of the 10th Circuit's ruling that found Utah's ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. That ruling was interpreted to apply to Colorado as Colorado falls under the 10th Circuit's jurisdiction:

[Colorado Attorney General John] Suthers filed joint motions with the clerks to the Supreme Court Monday night, asking them lift the injunction and dismiss the case. The court granted the requests around 9:30 Tuesday morning.

6a00d8341c730253ef01a73df7457a970d-150wiWithin minutes after the court handed down its orders, Boulder and Denver county clerks announced their offices would resume issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

Suthers also asked clerks to wait until after the legal technicalities were cleared before they started issuing marriage licenses. But clerks in Pueblo and Larimer counties began issuing licenses Monday afternoon.

Douglas County began issuing same-sex marriage licenses Tuesday morning and Hall announced her office would resume issuing the certificates moments after the Colorado Supreme Court handed down its order.

As the Post notes, couples in Colorado have already begun marrying following SCOTUS' decision yesterday.

The three county clerks involved in the case before the Colorado Supreme Court were Hillary Hall of Boulder, recorder Gilbert Ortiz of Pueblo County and recorder Debra Johnson of Denver. Each clerk was halted due to Suthers' intervention. At the time, he commented that these clerks were doing "irreparable harm" to the state by issuing the licenses.


Gay Couples Begin Marrying in Colorado

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As expected, today's SCOTUS denial of Utah's 10th Circuit gay marriage case has opened the door to marriage equality in Colorado. 

The Denver Post reports:

A same-sex couple in Pueblo County received the first license within hours — apparently the first gay marriage in Colorado after the high court's action. Soon after, Larimer County Clerk and Recorder Angela Myers announced that her office would also begin issuing the licenses.

Clerks in Boulder and Denver said they were awaiting final clearance. Once the legal formalities are finalized, same-sex marriage will be legal throughout Colorado. [...]

The paper adds the state's Attorney General John Suthers will file motions to expidite the lifting of the stays in both the state and federal courts and will continue advising clerks on when to begin issuing licenses. 

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper released the following statement reacting to today's news:

“Today marks a historic day on the march towards marital equality. The U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to review the same-sex marriage cases in other states means that 10th Circuit's decision is binding in Colorado.  While there are a few more steps in the process, we are that much closer to declaring marriage equality for all Coloradans.”

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SCOTUS Ruling Clears Way for Gay Marriage in Colorado, Says Attorney General

Today's SCOTUS denial of seven gay marriage cases including Utah's from the 10th Circuit paves the way for marriage equality in Colorado since it falls under the 10th Circuit's jurisdiction, said Colorado Attorney General John Suthers in a statement today:

Suthers“We have consistently maintained that we will abide by the Supreme Court's determination on the constitutionality of marriage laws. By choosing not to take up the matter, the court has left the 10th Circuit ruling in place. We expect the 10th Circuit will issue a final order governing Colorado very shortly. Once the formalities are resolved, clerks across the state must begin issuing marriage licenses to all same-sex couples.

We will file motions to expedite the lifting of the stays in the federal and state courts and will advise the clerks when to issue licenses.”

The dominoes continue falling...


New Video Highlights Latino Support for Marriage Equality in Colorado: WATCH

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Why Marriage Matters Colorado has released a new video in light of National Hispanic Heritage Month. The video features Ray Rodriguez and his family from Longmont, Colorado.

In the clip, Rodriguez discusses how important family is to the Latino community, his fears about coming out of the closet and the unconditional support they have for him.

Said Ray's mother Jennie: "I think everybody should be able to love who they want to love. I would like to see my son get married some day if that’s what he chooses."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Why Marriage Matters Colorado is a project of LGBT advocacy group One Colorado, ACLU of Colorado, and Freedom to Marry

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Tenth Circuit Puts Colorado Marriage Equality Case On Hold Until SCOTUS Decision

ColoradoFlagThe Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals said yesterday that they would put the Colorado marriage equality case on hold until the Supreme Court decides on the issue. The seventh circuit did much the same with Wisconsin's case yesterday, placing a stay on their decision. SCOTUS will meet on September 29th to consider hearing various cases.

Joe My God reports on the language of the decision:

This appeal is abated pending further order of this court. The deadline for the appellant’s opening brief will be established when the abatement of this appeal is lifted. The parties shall notify this court within 10 days of a decision on the petitions for writ of certiorari pending before the Supreme Court of the United States in Kitchen v. Herbert, Supreme Court No. 14-124, and Bishop v. Smith, Supreme Court No. 14-136. It is further ordered that the parties shall file status reports 30 days from the date of this order if no decision on the pending writs has been issued by that time.

14-1283 #207452 - Order Holding Case via Equality Case Files


Colorado Transgender Teen Crowned Homecoming Princess

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On Friday, a transgender teen at Sand Creek High School in Colorado was crowned homecoming princess, making her the first transgender person at the school and, according to KRDO, also the state, to receive the honor.

Scarlett Lenh, who began to identify as transgender earlier this school year, told KCNC-TV

"It’s just about being yourself. That’s what I want to do, inspire people. I want everyone to know no matter what body you’re in or what mind set you have, being you is the best feeling in the world. No matter what."

But, according to The Gazette, not everyone is happy about Lenh's win.

"It's craziness," said Jana Neathery, whose granddaughter attends Sand Creek.

"Originally, it was a joke that he was going to be nominated for homecoming princess, but he got a lot of nominations," she said, referring to Scarlett, "and now there are a lot of upset girls because a spot was taken from them.

"I'm very sympathetic that he's transgender, but he should be on the boys' side, not the girls'."

The school is located in Colorado Springs, which is not only home to Focus on the Family but also the National Association of Evangelicals.

Some of the school's students agree with Neathery:  

"I think it's wrong because he's actually a guy, he's not a girl, and he hasn't been doing this his entire life - he's only been recently doing it," said Jarrod Clarke, a junior at Sand Creek.

"We know him pretty well," another Sand Creek student who asked not to be identified said of Scarlett. "He's only cross-dressing, putting on girls' clothes."

While some people are upset by Lenh's win, most of the students have been highly supportive and, as KRDO reports, "only cheers could be heard from the stands" once her name was announced on Friday. Representatives from the district the school sits in have released a statement which also backs her.

"The leaders at Sand Creek High School and in District 49 respect the decision of the Scorpion student body in electing their homecoming court." The statement went on to say, "Our board policy sets the standard that we do not exclude any person from participating in any program or activity on the basis of gender identity and gender expression."

Watch a news segmenet which shows Lenh being escorted on the school's football field by two of her best friends just after she received the title of homecoming princess, AFTER THE JUMP.

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