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Boulder Colorado starts issuing marriage licenses

Timothy Kincaid

June 25th, 2014

Utah is not, of course, the only state impacted by the decisions of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Also in the Tenth Circuit are Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Wyoming.

And the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder, Hillary Hill, has decided that this decision gives her the authority to act. (Fox 31)

“Because 10th Circuit decisions are binding in the State of Colorado, the precedent established by Kitchen v. Herbert is applicable to the same-sex marriage ban contained in the Colorado Constitution,” said a statement from the Clerk and Recorder’s Office.

“Couples across Colorado have been waiting a long time to have their right to marry the person they love recognized,” said Hall in a statement. “I want to act immediately to let them carry out that wish.”

The decision of the Tenth Circuit was stayed, and likely the move by Hall will be halted. But it will be fascinating legal drama in the meanwhile.

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Stefan
June 25th, 2014 | LINK

It’s likely Colorado’s ban will be struck down in a matter of days, so a stay may not even occur before then.

Ben in Oakland
June 26th, 2014 | LINK

And the irony! Boulder was the city, if I recall, where a very early challenge was issued, back in the 80’s, possibly the ’70’s.

jutta
June 26th, 2014 | LINK

Marriage licenses were issued in 1975, but the marriages were not legally recognized, in 1979 Adams took the Immigration to court over the non-recognition, but lost. Some sources also say that he filed a separate lawsuit on the constitutionalty of denying gay persons the right to marry (other sources don’t mention this lawsuit).
http://articles.latimes.com/2012/dec/22/local/la-me-richard-adams-20121223
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Adams_%28activist%29
http://www.sfgate.com/lgbt/article/Richard-Adams-gay-marriage-pioneer-dies-4142661.php
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/25/us/richard-adams-who-sued-us-after-1975-gay-marriage-dies-at-65.html

Now I have so many links that this posting will get cought in the spamfilter ;)

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