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Coloradans Face Off in Gay Marriage Battle: VIDEO

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20140630__01DC_SameSex~1Last Wednesday, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers (pictured) filed a motion in U.S. District Court seeking an injunction against any further litigation seeking to overturn the state's ban on gay marriage while the Tenth Circuit deals with the appeal of their recent ruling holding Utah's gay marriage ban unconstitutional. Suthers move is being seen as a preemptive one seeking to immediately halt marriages if and when Colorado's ban in struck down and prompted by the Boulder County clerk Hillary Hall (below) who has interpreted the Tenth Circuit ruling as justification to begin handing out marriage licenses to gay Coloradans.

The Daily Camera reports:

Attorney Jean Dubofsky, who successfully argued against the constitutionality of Colorado’s anti-gay Amendment 2 in Romer v. Evans, also put the attorney general’s move Wednesday in the context of the pending state marriage cases, in comments to the Daily Camera.

“It’s like he’s seeking some sort of pretrial relief in the federal case in Denver, and trying to forestall a ruling by the Adams County District Court,” Dubofsky said. “If I were the federal district court judge in Denver, I would say, ‘Wait a minute, this case hasn’t even gone anywhere yet. Why am I being asked to stay everything?’”

20140702__03dcamarw~1_200Attorney General Suthers' move seeks to halt an ongoing lawsuit of several same-sex couples from Colorado who are suing State Governor John Hickenlooper for the state's denial of their right to marry.

Hill, like some gay rights groups, is pushing the Governor and Attorney General to consider the families whose legal status is in limbo. Said Hill of her actions in a statement last Thursday:

I believe it is a waste of resources for the Attorney General to keep denying people their constitutional right, but that is his prerogative until there is a Supreme Court case squarely addressing the issue. The question now is what public officials like me should do in the meantime. I think the least harmful and most sensible solution is to issue marriage licenses and avoid the potential of more civil rights violations while this plays out in court. I hope the court will agree with me.

Meanwhile, protesters and counter-protesters are battling at a Boulder intersection. The Daily Camera went and spoke with some of them.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Fight Over Same-Sex Marriage Continues in Boulder, Colorado: READ

Colorado’s attorney general John Suthers is in a continued legal standoff with Boulder County officials on the issue of same-sex marriage. Hillary hall Boulder Colorado clerk

The Boulder County clerk Hillary Hall has been issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples since June 25. This comes after last week's ruling from the 10th Circuit of U.S. Appeals striking down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage. Hall's office made the decision to enforce the Court of Appeals' ruling after they interpreted that issuing the licenses was now legal. 

In a June 27 letter to Hall from the State of Colorado Department of Law, Colorado Solicitor General Dan Domenico, on behalf of Suthers, wrote:

“It is clear that your offices and ours have a difference of opinion regarding your authority to issue marriage licenses that do not comply with existing Colorado law...You alone are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and many of these couples have declared that they believe their licenses to be legal and valid...The State’s position is that those licenses cannot be recognized and are invalid and of no legal effect.”

The letter proposed that Hall agree to cease issuing marriage licenses to gay couples in exchange for a joint petition to the Colorado Supreme Court “seeking expeditious resolution of the question of [Hall’s] authority to issue licenses to same-sex couples.”

Yesterday, the attorney general’s office responded to county officials’ request for additional time to consider the proposal. According to Buzzfeed, Domenico wrote that officials could have until July 10 to respond to the proposal only if Hall stopped issuing marriage licenses.

In a statement to Buzzfeed, Domenico said:

“If she elects to continue after [July 1], I am afraid we will be forced to take legal action.”  

Hall refused that proposal, arguing that the response denied her request for additional time:

“Shortly after 11:00, we received a response from the Attorney General. Our request was essentially denied as the terms for more time were contingent on stopping the issuance of same-sex licenses. Our position is the same as previously stated. Same-sex licenses are legal and just licenses and we will continue to issue them.”

Suthers’ office has since told county officials that they plan to go to court today.

Read Domenico's letter to Hall, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Six Same-Sex Couples File Lawsuit Challenging Colorado's Gay Marriage Ban - VIDEO

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Yesterday, six Colorado couples filed a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The state voted to ban same-sex marriage in 2006.

The lawsuit, which states that Colorado "unlawfully denies the issuance of marriage licenses, and refuses to recognize the marriages of certain couples, based solely on the sex of the persons in the marriage union," comes during an ongoing battle in the state on the issue of gay marriage.

The plaintiffs are Catherine Burns, Sheila Schroeder, Mark Thrun, Geoffrey Bateman, Rachel Catt, Cassie Rubald, Breanna Alexander, Stacy Parrish, Angela Cranmore, Julianne Deloy, Karen Collier, and Denise Lord.

According to ABC 7 News Denver, the lawsuit, which names Governor John Hickenlooper, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, and two county clerks as defendants, follows the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal's decision to strike down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Following this decision, on June 25, Boulder County clerk Hillary Hall decided to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Speaking to The Denver Post, Catherine Burns said that "most families in Colorado do not want this discriminatory law on the books."

The Court of Appeal ruling states that the Fourteenth Amendment “protects the fundamental right to marry, establish a family, raise children, and enjoy the full protection of a state’s marital laws. A state may not deny the issuance of a marriage license to two persons, or refuse to recognize their marriage, based solely upon the sex of the persons in the marriage union.”

According to Mari Newman, whose firm is representing the six couples:

"From a legal perspective, this case really ought to be a slam dunk and it's not often that lawyers get to say that. But here the 10th Circuit has been absolutely clear."

In June, Judge C. Scott Crabtree presided over two cases which argued that the gay marriage ban violates the U.S. Constitution, according to ABC 7 News Denver.  Crabtree has yet to issue a ruling.

Watch the ABC 7 News Denver report on the new lawsuit, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Boulder, CO County Clerk Issues Marriage Licenses To 34 Gay Couples Including State Senator: VIDEO

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Following the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on Wednesday, which upheld the unconstitutionality of Utah's same-sex marriage ban, the county clerk of Boulder, CO, Hillary Hall, began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples there. As of now, 34 couples have been recipients of the licenses, including Colorado state Senator Jessie Ulibarri (D-Commerce City). The state attorney general, John Suthers, has stated that their marriages are invalid as Colorado still maintains its same-sex marriage ban.

NBC 9 News reports:

While [the AG] contemplates court action, he also wants to speed the gay marriage issue to the Supreme Court:

"Until the Supreme Court decides, we do not have same-sex marriage in Colorado. We're looking at a variety of options, and that's all I'm going to say about it," Suthers said.

County clerk Hillary Hall said she'll issue licenses unless a court tells her otherwise.

Boulder County, CO reportedly had a leg up on the same-sex marriage issue, granting licenses to four couples in 1975 before the AG put a stop to it.

Watch ABC 7's news coverage about the marriage licenses, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Friday Speed Read: Utah, Boulder, St. Louis, Indiana, Recess Appointments, Buffer Zones

BY LISA KEEN / Keen News Service

UTAH HEADING TO SUPREME COURT NEXT: Reyes

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes issued a statement late Wednesday saying his office intends to file a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge the Tenth Circuit panel decision striking down the state’s marriage ban for same-sex couples.

BOULDER KEEPS ROLLING:

Boulder, Colorado, continued issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday, even after the state attorney general said the licenses are invalid.

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From July 1 through Labor Day, Speed Read will publish on a weekly basis. When a breaking news story is of great importance, we will get it to you as quickly as possible.

MarriagesST. LOUIS BEGINS ISSUING LICENSES:

In a move reminiscent of former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom in 2004, officials in St. Louis, Missouri, on Wednesday issued marriage licenses to four same-sex couples, in open defiance of the state’s marriage ban for same-sex couples. The ceremony for the first couple was held in Mayor Francis Slay’s office, officiated by Municipal Judge Joseph Murphy. City officials said they would use the marriages to launch a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban, according to the St. Louis Dispatch. Meanwhile, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster launched a counteroffensive, filing a lawsuit Thursday against a St. Louis County official who granted the marriage licenses.

Gay_indianaWITHOUT A STAY, INDIANA MARRIES MORE:

Federal Judge Richard Young has still not responded to Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s motion for an emergency stay of the June 25 ruling striking the state’s marriage ban for same-sex couples. The Indianapolis Star reported another 200 couples married in Indianapolis Thursday, along with more than 100 in other counties. Zoeller on Thursday filed an appeal with the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

RECESS APPOINTMENT CURTAILED: Supremes

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision Thursday that narrows the opportunities for a president to make a recess appointment. Recess appointments have been a means for some presidents to get controversial nominees into office and have them confirmed later. President Clinton used a recess appointment to install gay philanthropist James Hormel as the U.S.’s first openly gay ambassador. President Obama used them twice for gay appointees in 2010 –Chai Feldblum as EEOC Commissioner and Richard Sorian as HHS Assistant Secretary. The high court’s decision, in NLRB v. Noel Canning, limits recess appointments to times when the Senate is in recess for at least 10 days. The decision was unanimous and written by Justice Stephen Breyer.

BUFFER ZONE STRUCK DOWN: J_roberts

The Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights submitted a brief in support of a Massachusetts law that attempted to protect women seeking abortions by creating a 35-foot setback or “buffer zone” for anti-abortion protests outside such facilities. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court on Thursday said such buffer zones violate the First Amendment. Chief Justice John Roberts authored the opinion, McCullen v. Coakley, noting that public sidewalks are the “traditional public fora” for “assembly, communicating thoughts be­tween citizens, and discussing public questions” and “government may not ‘selectively…shield the public from some kinds of speech on the ground that they are more offensive than others.’” Roberts’ decision characterized protesters as seeking to hand out literature and to make offers of help to women entering the clinics. But the brief from GLAD, NGLTF, and NCLR noted the buffer zones are not to stifle expression but to protect the safety of women. “Women should be free to seek comprehensive medical care—including birth control and abortion—without the fear of harassment and violence from protesters,” said NGLTF Executive Director Rea Carey.

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Demon-Obsessed Anti-Gay Nut Gordon Klingenschmitt Wins GOP Primary in Colorado House Race

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Gordon Klingenschmitt, the former Navy chaplain who has made a career out of exposing (and exorcising) the “demonic” forces behind gay marriage and LGBT rights in general, has won the GOP primary in the race for Colorado’s heavily-Republican House District 15.

The Denver Post reports Klingenschmitt beat opposing candidate Dave Williams 52.6%-47.3% in the GOP race for the seat held by retiring Rep. Mark Waller.

Wrote Klinginschmitt on Facebook:

We won! Thanks to 35 volunteers knocking on doors and YOUR grassroots donations, I am now the Republican nominee for State Rep in Colorado Springs HD15. [...]

However, we have some debt from the primary race. I just got a bill for $4,138 in printing costs and we have a few more bills outstanding, due this week.

Can you please contribute to help us repay our primary debt for this election victory? Then we can start from a clean slate to run against a common-core anti-gun Democrat in Nov.

Klingenschmitt wins. Colorado loses. 


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