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Colorado AG Files Suit to Halt Issuance of Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Fri, 04 Jul 2014 00:46:59 +0000

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- Colorado Attorney General John Suthers filed a motion on Thursday hoping to prevent the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder from issuing same-sex marriage licenses after a U.S. Circuit Court ruling last week deemed Utah's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit declared the Utah ban unconstitutional on June 25. The 10th Circuit includes Colorado, which does not currently allow same-sex marriages.

Suthers said in a statement on Thursday that "regretfully" his office "was forced to take action against Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall due to her refusal to follow state law." By granting same-sex marriage licenses, Suthers said that Hall was "creating a legal limbo for both the state and the couples whose relationships she wants to champion."

A statement from the Colorado Attorney General's office said that the current legal landscape means that Colorado's marriage laws remain in effect until the outcome of the appeals process.

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