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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.

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Threatening Letters Sent To San Diego Gay Bars - VIDEO

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Threatening letters have been sent to two gay bars in San Diego.

Baja Betty's and Flicks, both in the Hillcrest area of the city, received the letters that threaten “car accidents, even death,” according to ABC 10 News.

The letters, each with fake return addresses, come amid a series of decisions favouring same-sex marriage in California.

The 15-page letter sent to Baja Betty’s, written by “Eddie 777, servant and messenger of God Yahweh,” says that the bar is full of pedophiles and sex addicts and that “god will punish you, Mr owner and staff, with bad luck, bad karma, injuries, accidents, car accidents, and worse, death.”

Speaking to ABC 10 News, Baja Betty’s marketing manager Eddie Reynoso said:

"In my opinion, it's a definite reflection of the current progress toward equality. It's not going to distract us from our momentum. In fact, it's going to make us celebrate even more.”

Although a report has been filed, police have yet to make a statement.

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Boulder County, Colorado Clerk Begins Issuing Marriage Licenses To Gay Couples: VIDEO

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Hillary Hall, the county clerk and recorder in Boulder, Colorado, has announced that Boulder will now provide marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Hall’s announcement comes on the heels of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling today to uphold a previous decision that struck down the state’s ban on same sex marriage. A news report from local news channel ABC 7 also reported that Hall’s announcement was influenced by another key decision that came down today, that of U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Young who found that Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. According to The Denver Post,

Hall said she is moving forward with the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses because the 10th Circuit has upheld "the fundamental right to marriage."

"Couples across Colorado have been waiting a long time to have their right to marry the person they love recognized," she stated in the release. "I want to act immediately to let them carry out that wish.”

One couple (pictured above) has already been married in Boulder. The clerk’s office will begin issuing licenses again tomorrow starting at 8AM at its Boulder office, located at 1750 33rd St. for any of you out there in the Rocky Mountain State. Meanwhile, the clerk’s offices in Lafayette and Longmont will begin licensing marriages to same-sex couples on Friday. 

Hall made no mention in her release of the stay the tenth circuit put on its ruling until the U.S. Supreme Court has a chance to weigh in. Meanwhile, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has already said any licenses issues by Boulder County will not be considered valid by the state:

Carolyn Tyler, spokeswoman for [the Colorado AG] said any same-sex marriage licenses issued in Colorado will be invalid. Because the 10th Circuit decision was stayed, Colorado's ban against gay marriage remains in effect, she said.

"It's not binding on Utah let alone on Colorado," Tyler said. "Boulder has a history of activism on this issue." 

She noted that in 1975, the Boulder County Clerk issued marriage licenses to a few gay couples.

"They are no more valid today than they were in 1975," Tyler said.

According to Denver Post reporters John Aguilar and Kirk Mitchell, Suthers also commented that, “Boulder has a history of activism on this issue."

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Marriage Equality, DADT, and DOMA: a Supercut of Iconic Gay Rights Moments of the 2000s: VIDEO

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The latest gay rights compilation video by Dave Evans, with news clips from 2003-2014.

Featured in this video: The Supreme Court's Lawrence v. Texas decision, Massacusetts becoming the first state to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples, President George Bush calling for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, the begging and end of Proposiiton 8, the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, President Obama’s signing of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and openly gay professional sports players Jason Collins and Michael Sam - among other big moments on the nation's road to LGBT equality.

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And if you missed Dave's videos on the 1970s 1980s, and 1990s - be sure and check out those fascinating little history lessons too.

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Check Out This Incredible Supercut of Gay Rights News Clips from the 1980s: VIDEO

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We’ve already shown you Dave Evans’s awesome collection of gay news clips from the 1970s - and here’s his next compilation video, with this one highlighting gay news of the 1980s.

The video chronicles the early days of the AIDS crisis, the rising power of the ‘gay vote,’ openly gay Representatives Gerry Studds and Barney Frank, growing visibility of LGBT families, the influence of Jerry Falwell and the Christian Right, and efforts to combat anti-sodomy state laws.  

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The Week's Worst Of Conservative Media: VIDEO

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Conservatives have not had a good news presence these past seven days, with Laura Ingram insulting Bowe Bergdahl's father, Gavin McInness getting racial about Neil deGrasse Tyson, and the NRA engages in double-speak by trying to rebrand "mass shootings" as "mass murder" because somehow the "shooting" part is irrelevant.

If you can deal with almost two whole minutes of unhinged wingnuttery, you can watch Media Matters For America's "Right-Wing Rodeo" AFTER THE JUMP...

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