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US: Colorado attorney general asks clerk to stop issuing marriage licences to gay couples

Joseph McCormick July 1, 2014

DENVER, CO - MAY 1: Anna (L) and Fran Simon, both of Denver, Colorado, are the first same-sex couple to be issued a Civil Union license at a midnight ceremony in the Denver Office of the Clerk and Recorder, at the Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building on May 1, 2013 in Denver, Co. Colorado is the eighth state to have civil unions or similar laws implemented, permitting unmarried couples, both gay and heterosexual, the ability to form civil unions and get similar rights to those of married couples. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)

The attorney general in the US state of Colorado has asked a county clerk to stop issuing marriage licences to same-sex couples.

Hillary Hall, a rogue county clerk in Boulder County, Colorado married 34 same-sex couples – including a state senator – despite the state maintaining a ban on same-sex marriage.

Now solicitor general Dan Domenico, has said the licences were prematurely issued and should not have been.

“It is clear that your office and ours have a difference of opinion regarding your authority to issue marriage licenses that do not comply with existing Colorado law,” Domenico wrote in a letter to Hall.

He also threatened to join up with the state to file a joint petition to find a resolution as to whether she has the authority to issue the marriage licences.

Hall opted to start performing same-sex marriages after the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals – whose jurisdiction includes Colorado – upheld a ruling striking down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban.

Despite the ruling, Colorado’s Amendment 43 – which defines marriage as only between a man and a woman – is still technically in effect, leaving Hall’s authority in question.

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