Boulder County’s attorney says the clerk will continue issuing marriage licenses to gay couples because failing to do so is a violation of individual’s constitutional rights.
A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that states must allow gay couples to marry, finding the Constitution protects same-sex relationships and putting a remarkable legal winning streak across the country one step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Nine same-sex couples challenging Colorado’s gay marriage ban are thrilled by a federal appeals court’s ruling that a similar ban in Utah is unconstitutional.
Two lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of Colorado’s gay marriage ban will be heard in court Monday.
It wasn’t all that long ago that Republicans used gay marriage as a tool to drive Election Day turnout. But as public opinion on the issue has turned and courts strike down same-sex marriage bans, gay rights is evolving into a wedge issue for Democrats to wield.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock marked the first year of civil unions in Colorado with a reception for gay couples at the city’s clerk and recorder office.
Sharp questioning Thursday by a divided panel of appellate judges considering Utah’s ban on gay marriages showed that, while same-sex marriage has had a remarkable winning streak lately, its legal status remains uncertain.
Gov. John Hickenlooper is coming out as a supporter of gay marriage. The Colorado Democrat has been a vocal supporter of gay rights but has generally stopped short of formally endorsing same-sex marriage.
Gay rights groups promise that same sex marriage is coming to Colorado, either through the courts or the ballot box.
Colorado gay couples who are married in another state and in a civil union here can now file joint state tax returns.