Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Federal Judge in Denver overturns Colorado's Gay Marriage Ban!

As reported by ThinkProgress in the last hour,  U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore has declared Colorado's constitutional ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional.

The latest is just another step towards legal marriage for same sex couples in Colorado.

As reported here on July 10, 2014, and here on June 27, 2014, John Suthers, Colorado's Attorney General, has been firmly entrenched on the wrong side of history.

Colorado AG John Suthers

On June 27, 2014, Boulder County's Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall began issuing Marriage Licenses to same-sex couples immediately upon the decision issued by the Federal 10th Circuit Court striking down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage thereby opening the door towards full civil rights for all citizens under the US Constitution.  Since that date, Denver, Adams and Pueblo counties joined Boulder in issuing licenses to same-sex couples.

The US 10th Circuit Court, immediately, issued a "stay" on their June 27th decision in order to hold the matter until it could be reviewed by the US Supreme Court (a SCOTUS with 5 fully entrenched radically right wing male justices in the majority).

AG Suthers has been attempting to force the clerk and recorders offices in Boulder, Adams, Denver and Pueblo Counties to cease and desist their practice of issuing same-sex licenses in state courts.  The AG's office holds the position that the 2006 Amendment to the Colorado Constitution banning Same-Sex Marriage is still in effect and the clerk and recorders are in violation of the ban.  On July 18, 2014, the Colorado Supreme Court ordered  Adams and Denver counties to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples but did not address either Boulder or Pueblo Counties in its ruling.

On July 23, 2014, the US District Court heard a suit brought by same-sex couples challenging the Colorado Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage.   Justice Raymond P. Moore's ruling, today, states that the Colorado ban is unconstitutional.

The Justice issuing today's decision has issued a stay on that decision until August 25, 2014, stating the stay is to allow time for the defendants in the case (Colorado's Governor John Hickenlooper, AG John Suthers, and Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder Pam Anderson) "... to seek a stay of the injunction from a higher court."

Stay tuned....

And keep the popcorn warm...

Colorado may be brought kicking and screaming into the 21st century just yet (and Civil Rights might just be taken out of the hands of the state and actually allowed to be, as intended, for everyone)

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