Colorado’s marriage equality saga continued yesterday, as the Judge in Denver who overturned the state’s ban refused to block the city from giving marriage licenses to gays and lesbians.
LGBTQ Nation reports:
A judge on Monday refused to stop a Denver clerk from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex, despite a still-active ban against the practice. Colorado District Judge C. Scott Crabtree last week ruled that the state’s 2006 voter-approved gay marriage ban was unconstitutional. But he put that ruling on hold pending appeal, meaning the Colorado ban remains in place… Suthers’ office late last week asked Crabtree to order Johnson to stop the marriages, saying that allowing the licenses to be issued despite the court’s stay “will undermine Coloradans’ confidence in their government.” On Monday, Crabtree refused. He noted the licenses were not issued in response to his ruling and said he had no jurisdiction to suspend them.
Now Suthers is asking the state’s highest court to step in, ignoring the Governor’s request to drop his appeals.
USA Today reports:
Colorado’s attorney general asked the state Supreme Court to block county clerks Monday from issuing licenses for same-sex marriages, saying he will defend the state’s ban against gay marriage all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court… “It appears very likely that, either judicially or politically, Colorado is going to have same-sex marriage,” Suthers said after asking the state’s high court for the stay. “But that is no excuse for abandoning the legal processes by which legal change or political change comes about.”… Because this is a direct appeal on a constitutional issue, the Colorado high court must take the case, bypassing the state court of appeals. The district court has 90 days to send the record of its case to the state Supreme Court in Denver, which will then set a schedule for briefings in the case.
So will the courts move quickly on this issue or not? In New Mexico, the dissent among county clerks was enough to push the court to issue a quick ruling legalizing marriage equality – it would be great to see that happen here, too.
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