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US: Colorado clerk refuses to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses

Katie Dupere 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)

Boulder County’s clerk Hillary Hall says she will continue issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite threats of unspecified legal action by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers.

The announcement made Tuesday comes after Hall was offered an extension by Suthers’ office to consider their request to ask the Colorado State Supreme Court to rule on whether or not she can continue issuing the licenses.

As part of the extension, Suthers’ office asked Hall to stop issuing licenses by noon Tuesday or face legal action. Hall has refused, telling The Denver Post: “This is not about politics. This is about people who love each other.”

Hall started 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.

As of 27 June, Hall had issued 34 same-sex marriage licenses – including one to a state senator – despite the state maintaining this ban on same-sex marriage.

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