Tuesday, July 29, 2014

CO Gay Marriage Battle still Rages: State Supreme Court orders Boulder to stop issuing Marriage Licenses

The Same-Sex marriage Battle is still raging in the courtrooms of Denver. In the latest action brought by Colorado AG John Suthers, aka, "Wrong-Side of History GOP John" (pro-purge 30,000 voters from the rolls in 2010 until ordered to add them back by the court; anti-legal marijuana; anti-gay marriage), to the Colorado Supreme Court, the Court issued an order to Hillary Hall, Clerk and Recorder of Boulder County, to, immediately, stop issuing marriage licenses to Same-Sex couples.

Colorado Attorney General, John Suthers

In his motion to the state's highest court, Suthers argues that Boulder County — the only county in Colorado currently issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples — is causing "statewide confusion and legal chaos."
"The attorney general recognizes that this is an extraordinary request, but there is no question that this is an extraordinary situation," Suthers wrote. "The question before this court is simple: Should a single county clerk issue same-sex marriage licenses before the federal constitutional question has been settled? No. Uniformity of Colorado law and basic fairness demand as such."
Over the past month, Suthers has tried, twice, to get Boulder District Judge Andrew Hartman to stop Hillary Hall from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples over the past month but the District Court had denied his motions on the matter.

Courtesy of the AP
Hillary Hall, Boulder County Clerk and Recorder

As reported here, 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.

Over the course of the next few weeks, Denver, Adams and Pueblo counties joined Boulder in issuing licenses to same-sex couples.

As reported here, last week,  U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore, in Denver, declared Colorado's constitutional ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional.  With that declaration, he 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."

Today's action (found here) by the state Supreme Court was issued as the Court agreed to hear arguments in the continued fight over whether or not clerk and recorder offices can issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples before the U.S. Supreme Court decides the constitutionality of "gay marriage" bans.

In response the the Court's stay, Boulder County has stopped issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

Another day, another stay and another delay in Colorado's GLBT fight for Civil Rights for all.

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