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.”
[photo via Facebook]