Colorado’s Supreme Court is ordering an end to gay marriages while the state’s ban against the unions remains in place.
State same-sex marriage bans have been falling around the country since June 2013, when the nation’s highest court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages. The remaining state bans all face legal challenges to overturn them.
A federal appeals court on Friday ruled Oklahoma must allow gay couples to wed, marking the second time it has found the U.S. Constitution protects same-sex marriage.
Another round of legal wrangling over the future of gay marriage in Colorado is scheduled Tuesday in Denver, this time in federal court.
Colorado’s Republican attorney general said Monday that it’s only a matter of time until gay marriage is legal in his state, but he’ll continue to defend his state’s ban on the practice all the way to the state Supreme Court.
A judge on Monday refused to stop a Denver clerk from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex, despite a still-active ban against the practice.
Gay newlyweds in Colorado are now looking to the courts, both state and federal, for clues about the legality of their recent nuptials.
Yet another county in Colorado has begun issuing marriage licenses to gay couples even though the legal fight is far from over.
Technically, their state still does not recognize gay marriages. But that hasn’t stopped hundreds of gay Coloradans from getting marriage licenses from two county clerks who argue they still have the legal right to provide them to loving couples.
An issue as important as Same Sex Marriage deserves clarity in Colorado, not the legal jumble of interpretations and decisions that it is currently mired in.