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October 6, 2014

NOM President Brian Brown: 'We are not defeated or dispirited'

Monday was not a good day for the National Organization for Marriage, one of the most vocal opponents of gay marriage in the US.

The US Supreme Court's decision to pass on reviewing any of the seven same-sex marriage cases submitted to them has resulted in same-sex marriage immediately becoming legal in Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana on the same day.

In addition, Colorado also announced it would begin issuing marriage licenses state-wide to same-sex couples with five more states likely to soon follow suit.

October 6, 2014

Same-sex couples in all 64 Colorado counties are now allowed to get married

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers on Monday (6 October) ordered that all 64 counties in his state begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

His actions came shortly after the US Supreme Court announced that it would let stand a 10th Circuit Court's ruling granting marriage equality.

The high court denied a hearing for cases in both Oklahoma and Utah which, like Colorado, are also in the 10th Circuit.

October 6, 2014

Among those getting married are Oklahoma couple who in 2004 filed suit to overturn state ban

It was back in 2004 that Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin sued to get a marriage license in Oklahoma.

On Monday (6 October), they finally got it.

The couple were among the many in several states across the US to were able to obtain marriage licenses shortly after the US Supreme Court let stand the overturning of state marriage bans in Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana. Colorado also began to issue licenses.

October 3, 2014

'I know when, but I’m not going to tell you,' he tells audience during appearance in Colorado

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia knows there is a lot of interest in which, if any, gay marriage cases the high court will review in its coming term.

He seems to be enjoying drawing out the suspense.

'I know when, but I’m not going to tell you,' he teased an audience on Thursday (2 October) during an appearance at the University of Colorado.

According to the Associated Press, Scalia added: 'Soon! Soon!'

September 17, 2014

The red rocks of Colorado, home to a gay ski week, historic hotels, a classic car museum and extreme outdoor activities, show our travel writer a different side of America

I found the heart of America in western Colorado.

After rolling in the hay with gay cowboys in the glamorous and multicultural Denver, I ventured further out into the mountain state where I found more coywboys and cowgirls, endless landscapes, deserts, forests, rivers, lakes and the warmth of Colorado's people.

September 17, 2014

The red rocks of Colorado, home to a gay ski week, historic hotels, a classic car museum and extreme outdoor activities, show our travel writer a different side of America

I found the heart of America in western Colorado.

After rolling in the hay with gay cowboys in the glamorous and multicultural Denver, I ventured further out into the mountain state where I found more coywboys and cowgirls, endless landscapes, deserts, forests, rivers, lakes and the warmth of Colorado's people.

September 14, 2014

'This is something I've wanted to do since my freshman year. I want people to be themselves and not feel uncomfortable in their own body and mind'

A transgender student from Colorado has been picked as her school's homecoming queen.

Sixteen-year old Scarlett Lenh is a junior at Sand Creek High School. She received the majority of votes from her classmates and was given the honor during yesterday's, 12 September, school football game.

'It was really exciting. It felt really good. I couldn't stop smiling,' she said, according to the Associated Press, after finding out about the vote.

August 12, 2014

Colorado’s capital is a hot spot for lesbian and gay nightlife, national history and a greener approach to life

To be fair, there was no hay-rolling.

There was, however, some thigh-slappin’ and ally-ooping after meeting the adorable Kevin.

Kevin is a real-life cowboy, part of the growing LGBT international rodeo movement and resident of Denver, where gay rodeos have a presence at least four times a year.

Gay rodeos are getting popular in the US, and in the summer are a welcome tradition that is changing the Americans’ attitude towards LGBTI people.

August 12, 2014

Colorado’s capital is a hot spot for lesbian and gay nightlife, national history and a greener approach to life

To be fair, there was no hay-rolling.

There was, however, some thigh-slappin’ and ally-ooping after meeting the adorable Kevin.

Kevin is a real-life cowboy, part of the growing LGBT international rodeo movement and resident of Denver, where gay rodeos have a presence at least four times a year.

Gay rodeos are getting popular in the US, and in the summer are a welcome tradition that is changing the Americans’ attitude towards LGBTI people.

July 30, 2014

Boulder County had issued 202 marriage licenses to gay couples, and for now, will issue no more

Colorado’s Supreme Court has ordered a county to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

The court ruled yesterday in response to an appeal from Republican Attorney General John Suthers, who has been relentless in trying to stop same-sex marriage in Boulder County.

The court will hear the appeal, and in the meantime it is ordering the county to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples..

Boulder was the first Colorado county to begin giving licenses to gay couples in June.

July 30, 2014

Boulder County had issued 202 marriage licenses to gay couples, and for now, will issue no more

Colorado’s Supreme Court has ordered a county to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

The court ruled yesterday in response to an appeal from Republican Attorney General John Suthers, who has been relentless in trying to stop same-sex marriage in Boulder County.

The court will hear the appeal, and in the meantime it is ordering the county to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples..

Boulder was the first Colorado county to begin giving licenses to gay couples in June.

July 24, 2014

US District Judge Raymond Moore temporarily stays his ruling pending filing of expected appeals

A federal judge has struck down Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage after declaring it to be unconstitutional.

US District Judge Raymond Moore issued the ruling Wednesday (23 July) in a lawsuit filed this month by six gay couples who sued to have the state's ban no longer enforced.

It's the latest development in a state that has marriage equality battles going on on several legal fronts.

Moore stayed his ruling until 25 August - the deadline he gave Colorado Attorney General John Suthers to appeal his ruling to the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

July 11, 2014

Denver has joined Boulder to become the second Colorado county to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples – marrying its first 17 gay and lesbian couples yesterday

Denver County in Colorado began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples as of yesterday, joining Boulder County in doing so.

Boulder began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on 25 June after its county clerk decided a 10th Circuit Court of Appeals verdict against Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage would also apply to Colorado as it also falls under the 10th Circuit.

July 11, 2014

Denver has joined Boulder to become the second Colorado county to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples – marrying its first 17 gay and lesbian couples yesterday

Denver County in Colorado began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples as of yesterday, joining Boulder County in doing so.

Boulder began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on 25 June after its county clerk decided a 10th Circuit Court of Appeals verdict against Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage would also apply to Colorado as it also falls under the 10th Circuit.

July 10, 2014

C. Scott Crabtree becomes the 16th judge to rule a marriage ban in the US unconstitutional over the past 12 months

A Colorado state judge on Wednesday (9 July) ruled that Colorado's ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional.

But gay marriages still don't have the green light with the ruling because Judge C. Scott Crabtree stayed his ruling pending an expected appeal by the state.

His ruling, the latest in a string of marriage equality victories in the US, did not come as a surprise since Crabtree had not seemed impressed with the state's arguments for upholding the ban approved by voters in 2006.

July 6, 2014

'If the 10th Circuit Court’s decision becomes the governing law, it will mean that Colorado’s marriage laws cannot stand'

The governor and attorney general of Colorado are looking for a definitive legal answer to the state's gay marriage question.

July 6, 2014

'If the 10th Circuit Court’s decision becomes the governing law, it will mean that Colorado’s marriage laws cannot stand'

The governor and attorney general of Colorado are looking for a definitive legal answer to the state's gay marriage question.

June 25, 2014

Jack Thorne: 'I wish we lived in a world where people didn't have to pretend to be something they're not'

It wasn't enough for Jack L. Thorne to come out to family and friends.

The junior at Berthoud High School and winner of three state swimming titles in Colorado decided to go very public this week with a heartfelt letter on Facebook and Twitter.

'Nothing has changed, I'm still the same Jack, the same Jack you race, the same Jack who you carpool with, the same Jack screaming for you on the side of the pool,' he writes.

Thorne swims for Thompson Valley High School since his school does not have a swim team.

And he has been a star.

June 18, 2014

Kris McDaniel-Miccio speaks to Gay Star News about her lawsuit that could help legalize same-sex marriage

‘In Colorado now I could get high, thanks to the new marijuana law, but I can’t get married. This isn’t fair.’

Kris McDaniel-Miccio is a professor of criminal law and procedure at the University of Denver, but most of all, she might help to change the US state of Colorado’s gay laws forever.

She is one of the women and men suing the state for banning same-sex marriage, pushing for equality in the already quite liberal US state.

Colorado voters banned gay marriage in 2006.

June 12, 2014

The Jewish Anti-Defamation League says comments likening a Christian baker being ordered that he cannot discriminate against gay couples to Nazism and the Holocaust are ‘offensive and inappropriate’

Family Research Council president Tony Perkins has drawn the ire of one of the most prominent Jewish groups in America after he drew on the Holocaust in describing what he sees as the plight of anti-gay Christians in America.

After a Colorado court ruled that it was unlawful discrimination for a baker to refuse the business of a same-sex couple on religious grounds, Perkins asked on his radio show, ‘I’m beginning to think, are re-education camps next?’

‘When are they going to start rolling out the boxcars to start hauling off Christians?’

June 4, 2014

The American Family Association spokesman has claimed that the ‘gay gestapo’ is bringing back slavery in the US by expecting Christian bakers to not discriminate against gay couples

American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer has accused the LGBTI community of forgetting the Civil War and trying to bring back slavery by trying to stop Christian bakers discriminating against same-sex couples.

Fischer made the comments in complaining about a Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruling against a Christian baker who had refused to bake a cake in 2012 for a same-sex couple who married in Massachusetts and wanted a cake for a celebration of that marriage when they returned to their home state.

June 1, 2014

A Colorado court has ruled anti-gay baker Jack Philips cannot refuse to make wedding cakes for gay couples, ‘I will stand by my convictions until somebody shuts me down’ he says

A US bakery owner must serve wedding cakes to same-sex couples, a court has ruled.

In 2012, Jack Philips, the owner of Masterpiece Cake shop in Lakewood, Colorado, refused to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple David Mullins and Charlie Craig.

This week (30 May), Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission ruled the move was discriminatory and he must serve wedding cakes to all customers in his shop regardless of their sexual orientation.

April 16, 2014

Colorado pastor Kevin Swanson has compared ‘promoting’ homosexuality to promoting axe murders in criticizing Honey Maid’s gay family inclusive advertising campaign

Colorado pastor Kevin Swanson has compared gay people to axe murderers and cannibals in attacking a recent advertising campaign by US baked snacks line Honey Maid – owned by Nabisco - which presented a family with two gay dads as ‘wholesome.’

April 10, 2014

Three-judge panel will decide whether to uphold ruling that declared ban unconstitutional

A federal court in Colorado heard oral arguments in a case appealing a judge's decision that declared Utah's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit heard arguments for more than an hour on Thursday (10 April).

They will decide whether to uphold a ruling in a case brought by three Utah couples.

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, who is defending the law, walked across the aisle in the courtroom at one point to meet the three couples seeking to have their marriages recognized by their state.