Denver starts issuing same-sex marriage licenses

The Denver County clerk tweeted that she can "issue marriage licenses to ALL loving couples here in CO."
By Frances Burns   |   July 10, 2014 at 5:04 PM
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DENVER, July 10 (UPI) -- A judge refused to block the county clerk in Boulder, Colo., from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday.

As soon as Denver County Clerk Debra Johnson learned of the ruling, she announced that her county would follow suit.

"FINALLY! We can issue marriage licenses to ALL loving couples here in CO. Our Office will be issuing licenses till 4:30 pm today," Johnson announced via Twitter.

Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall began granting licenses to same-sex couples in late June. On Wednesday, a state judge, C. Scott Crabtree, ruled in a separate case that the Colorado ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, but granted a stay pending appeal.

What is not clear is whether the licenses issued in Boulder or Denver have any legal standing. A judge in Boulder County, responding to a request by the state for an injunction, refused to stop Hall from issuing licenses, but did not rule on whether they are valid.

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