Gay Marriage At Center Of Courtroom Battle In Boulder
BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)– The battle over gay marriage continues in a Boulder courtroom. Colorado’s attorney general is suing Boulder County’s clerk, ordering them to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses.
The hearing began at 9 a.m. but the courtroom was at capacity 45 minutes earlier.
More than a dozen people gathered outside the courthouse to show their support for same-sex marriage. They carried signs that read, “Stand Up for Justice” and “Marriage = Now!.” They also chanted, “Yay, Hillary Hall! Equality for All!”
Hillary Hall is the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder. She has issued about 100 same-sex marriage licenses in recent weeks.
This comes after an appeals court based in Denver ruled that a ban on same-sex marriage in Utah was unconstitutional. The court also issued a stay stating the law shouldn’t change until the U.S. Supreme Court made a decision.
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has said Hall is only taking one part of the ruling and ignoring the other. He is urging her to let the issue play out at the Supreme Court level before those licenses in Boulder can be issued.
Today ralliers, who didn’t want to be identified, said it’s Hall who is setting an example.
“She’s on the right side of history. I would say that she is probably pushing some boundaries, as well she should. This is how advance civil rights. This is why civil disobedience works. We have to push against laws that are unfair, laws that are immoral. This is what we do. The law isn’t the declaration of what’s moral and what’s right,” said one same-sex marriage supporter.
The judge is not expected to make a decision right away. The case will likely go to the Supreme Court which means the battle is far from over.