U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore has ruled Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
He has stayed his ruling until Monday, August 25th..
State Attorney General John Suthers had asked for the ruling, in an unusual tactic, to get county clerks across the state to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Included in his request was that the ruling be stayed until the issue reached it’s ultimate conclusion.
Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall has been issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples since last month, when the 10th Circuit agreed with a lower court that Utah’s same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.
Hall has stated that the 10th Circuit’s stay in the Utah case only applies to Utah, BUT the ruling against marriage bans applies to the whole Circuit, which includes Colorado.
More to come as details are available.