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Colorado Marriage Equality Stalled as Court Halts Boulder Weddings

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Boulder County Clerk Hillary HallThe push for Colorado marriage equality stalled for the moment, as the state Supreme Court finally forced Boulder County clerk Hillary Hall to stop issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

The court ruling was in response to an appeal from Republican Attorney General John Suthers, who has been trying for several weeks to get Boulder’s clerk to stop giving marriage licenses to gay couples until there’s a definitive ruling on same-sex unions from the U.S. Supreme Court. The same court previously ruled in Suthers’ favor in ordering Denver to stop issuing licenses, but that ruling didn’t apply to Boulder. Boulder was the first Colorado county to begin giving licenses to gay couples in June after the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Utah’s same-sex marriage ban. That ruling was stayed pending appeal.

We also have a date for the state Supreme Court hearing in the case – October 20th.

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Judge Rules Boulder Clerk Can Continue to Issue Marriage Licenses

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Boulder County Clerk Hillary HallIn something of a surprise decision, a Colorado judge has given Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall the ok to continue giving marriage licenses to same sex couples.

SDGLN reports:

A Boulder County clerk who has been issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in defiance of Colorado’s gay-marriage ban can continue, a judge ruled Thursday. Boulder County Judge Andrew Hartman decided county clerk Hillary Hall can ignore a federal stay on a ruling from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver that states cannot set gender requirements for marriage. The judge said gay marriage is still technically illegal in Colorado but that Hall’s behavior was not harming anyone. But he said all who receive a license should be warned that they could still be invalid if a judge finds after trial that Hall didn’t have the authority to issue them.

Many had expected the marriage equality ruling in Colorado that was immediately stayed to stop Hall from issuing more licenses. Will this ratchet up pressure on the State Supreme Court to expedite the appeal of yesterday’s ruling?

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Colorado Marriage Equality – The Other Lawsuit

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Boulder County Clerk Hillary HallSo there was big news out of the state yesterday as a judge struck down the Colorado marriage equality ban. But there was another trial going on at the same time.

The Denver Post reports:

The normally static courtroom erupted with applause and rumbled with scoffs as attorneys argued whether the Boulder County Clerk’s office is breaking the law by issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Spectators inside the packed courtroom Wednesday — including couples who received their marriage license from the Boulder office — struggled to contain their emotions as the Colorado Attorney General’s Office asked the judge to temporarily order Boulder Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

No word yet on whether the judge will force Hall to stop issuing the licenses. The Colorado judge who struck down the ban also stayed the ruling, but Hall has been operating under her understanding of the tenth circuit Utah decision. Do what happens now?

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Colorado Marriage Equality Breaks Out in Boulder

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Boulder County Clerk Hillary HallColorado marriage equality got a boost from a county clerk yesterday.

Towleroad.com explains:

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.”

Colorado has a civil unions law and is facing a lawsuit for marriage equality. No word if these new weddings will have legal force or if/when the clerk will be ordered to stop. Hillary Hall, you’re our new hero.

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