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Breaking: Colorado Judge Strikes Down State's Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

Huge news out of Colorado!

From the AP:

District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree on Wednesday ruled the 2006 voter-approved ban violates the state and federal constitutions. He immediately put his ruling on hold pending an appeal.

Crabtree is the 16th judge to void a state's gay marriage ban since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that the federal government has to recognize gay marriages in the states.

Congrats, Colorado! Stay tuned to Instinct for all updates on the ruling, which, as mentioned above, has been put on hold. 


Actually, federal district court judges have lifetime appointments. They generally serve until they retire or die. They grant stays pending appeal to avoid creating uncertainty in which people get married and a higher court overturns their rulings. The delay sucks for those who want to get married, but it is perfectly normal legal procedure. It is highly unlikely there is any agenda behind it (whether concerns about job security, politics, religion, or anything else). The arguments against marriage are so flimsy, that the stays may be unwarranted, but the judges granting the stays are just being cautious, especially in light of the rush to the clerk's office that has happened in every other state where a ban has been overruled. The U.S. Supreme Court will likely rule that all of the bans are unconstitutional in the next few years, but until then, the possibility remains that the appellate courts and/or the U.S. Supreme Court will find them to be valid. If that were to happen, people who got married while the ban was lifted would be in a legal limbo. Would they still be married? Would their marriage be invalidated? I was in this legal limbo myself here in California. It was not pleasant.

this on-hold nonsense is such a WASTE of TIME!!!

Agreed. No argument can be made to make one group of innocent people have less rights than another atrack dog group pressing their religion yet again upon everyone. It should be the other way around.
These judges are just scared to lose their position I hypothesize.

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