DENVER (CBS4) – Gay couples in Colorado will soon be able to get married in every county after Attorney General John Suthers posted a tweet saying once the legal formalities are complete, same sex marriage will be legal in Colorado.
The news came after the U.S. Supreme Court turned away appeals from five states prohibiting gay and lesbian unions. The move allows lower court rulings to stand, including in Utah. It’s a decision also applies to Colorado.
One bakery in Denver sold out of wedding cakes on Monday that were all designed for same-sex marriages. In Pueblo they’ve already started issuing same-sex marriage licenses, and the Denver clerk and recorder says she is waiting for the official go-ahead.
“I am shaking with emotion right now and I have been shaking all morning,” a woman said. “Back in 2007 she and I went to the marriage license office here and asked for license and we were arrested.”
“Our relationships are the same; that they’re no different than any of yours,” a man said.
It was actually a non-decision that opened the legal doors for gay marriage this week.
“Colorado will be required to recognize same-sex marriage and the clerks should be issuing same-sex marriage licenses,” Suthers said.
Suthers says it may take a few days for the legal paperwork to make its way down to the clerks’ offices. He said those who married before Monday’s ruling should get remarried because the license they got isn’t valid.
“If you got a same sex marriage license when that was not the law, that was invalid,” Suthers said.
Statement From Denver Mayor Michael Hancock
“This is a great day for equality. With the Supreme Court’s announcement, thousands of committed couples will now be able to share in the same rights and freedoms under the law. As a city, we have long stood together, shoulder-to-shoulder against injustice and for the rights of all people – and we will continue to do so. The freedom to be united with the one you love is a wonderful thing, and I’m proud of all the work that so many of us have done to make this day a reality.”
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