Colorado County Clerk Begins Issuing Marriage Licenses To Same-Sex Couples!
Wow! It looks like today's Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals decision has consequences beyond Utah!
Citing the Court's decision, Colorado's Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall has begun issuing marriage licenses!
Boulder County began issuing same-sex marriage licenses Wednesday afternoon for the first time since 1975, as County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall announced she was empowered to do so by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling today "that marriage is a fundamental right."
Boulder County issued two such licenses before the clerk and recorder's office in Boulder closed for the day.
But Colorado Attorney General John Suthers was quick to declare those licenses invalid, saying, "Colorado's constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriages remains in effect."
Hall announced shortly after 3:30 p.m. that she would begin issuing licenses; the office was opened until 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, and will reopen at 8 a.m. Thursday.
Hall said Wednesday afternoon that the Boulder County Attorney's Office told her that the stay of the 10th Circuit ruling applies only to Utah, while the opinion itself about the unconstitutionality of such bans applies to Colorado.
"We think their opinion on the law was very clear," Hall said. "We've been following this closely, and were waiting to see what the ruling would be."
Hall said she implemented the new policy immediately because Colorado "has treated our families and friends and coworkers like second-class citizens too long."
In a statement handed out this afternoon at the clerk's office, Hall said: "I am relying on the 10th Circuit's statement that marriage is a fundamental right. Because the Court stayed its mandate, officials in Utah will not have to implement the decision immediately. Even so, I believe the opinion is clear and it is important to act immediately. ... Unless a Court in Colorado or the U.S. Supreme Court tells me otherwise, I plan to begin issuing licenses."
Bold move from the County Clerk Hall!! We hope others in the Tenth District show similar conviction!