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US: Colorado same-sex marriage ban arguments to be heard by federal judge

Joseph McCormick July 22, 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)

A federal judge will today begin to hear arguments from couples who seek to overturn the state of Colorado’s same-sex marriage ban.

The six couples seek to have the ban deemed unconstitutional, and to allow county clerks to immediately issue marriage licences to same-sex couples.

Despite not opposing an injunction to do just that, Attorney General John Suthers has asked for any ruling to be put on hold, in order to give the US Supreme Court a chance to rule on the issue.

Clerks in several counties of Colorado had been issuing marriage licences to same-sex couples, but the Supreme Court in the state last week ordered on county, Denver, to stop.

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