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Pueblo County Stops Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

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PUEBLO, Colo. (CBS4) – The Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder halted issuance of same-sex marriage licenses on Monday.

Pueblo County had joined Boulder County and the City and County of Denver in issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite the fact that Colorado does not recognize gay marriages.

The office of the Colorado attorney general said because Clerk Gilbert Ortiz discontinued issuance of same-sex marriage licenses they’ve been able to “avoid further wasteful litigation.”

“We are gratified that Clerk Ortiz has recognized that he needs to be on the right side of the law. No matter one’s views on the issue of same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court of Colorado has made clear that until it has had a chance to rule on the merits, clerks must enforce the state’s laws, which are still in effect,” the attorney general’s office said in a statement.

“I believe that AG (John) Suthers is on the wrong side of history and my office is reluctantly ceasing to issue licenses as of (Monday) afternoon,” Ortiz said in a tweet.

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