Social issues and the weather found center stage in the first half of 2014 in Colorado, with legal pot and not-so-legal gay marriage claiming the headlines.
Colorado’s Republican attorney general is following through with his threat to sue the Boulder County clerk for issuing same-sex marriage licenses.
Saying further delays are pointless, gay lawmakers on Thursday called for Colorado’s same-sex marriage ban to be declared unconstitutional and for such a ruling to be effective immediately without further appeals.
Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper and Republican Attorney General John Suthers asked a federal court Wednesday to issue an injunction declaring Colorado’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.
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.
Six gay couples filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to overturn Colorado’s gay marriage ban, adding to an escalating showdown in the state as its Republican attorney general urges Boulder officials to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Six couples are expected to sue Suthers, Gov. John Hickenlooper and area counties’ clerk and recorder offices in federal court on Tuesday to pressure courts to hear their side.
Colorado’s attorney general has ordered the Boulder County clerk to stop issuing gay-marriage licenses by Tuesday.
Emboldened by a ruling against Utah’s gay marriage ban, Boulder County is continuing to issue same-sex marriage licenses.
More gay couples obtained marriage licenses at the Boulder County clerk’s office on Thursday, despite the legal uncertainty hanging over same-sex marriage in Colorado.