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Federal judge strikes down Colorado’s ban on gay marriage

Federal judge strikes down Colorado’s ban on gay marriage

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.

Moore’s ruling comes two weeks after District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree struck down Colorado’s gay marriage ban in these two consolidated state court cases.

That ruling has been stayed pending an appeal and will likely be considered by the Colorado Supreme Court sometime this year.

Shortly after Crabtree’s ruling on 9 July, county clerks in Denver County and Pueblo County began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. They joined the Boulder County clerk who had begun issuing marriage licenses when the 10th Circuit (which has jurisdiction over Colorado) affirmed that same-sex couples should have the freedom to marry.

Last week, the Colorado Supreme Court ordered Denver clerks to stop issuing marriage licenses but did not issue any orders about Boulder and Pueblo counties.