Boulder County adding Longmont, Lafayette to places to get same-sex marriage licenses

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BOULDER, Colo. -- Same-sex couples will be able to line up in Longmont and Lafayette in Boulder County Friday to get same-sex marriage licenses.

That's what they did early Thursday morning as Boulder County was issuing marriage licenses for a second day despite the fact Attorney General John Suthers says they are invalid.

The Boulder County Clerk’s Office opened a few minutes early because three couples were waiting to enter to obtain a license. More couples continued to stream into the office, and some broke out and sang "Going to the Chapel."

Some wasted no time using those licenses. They had marriage ceremonies right on the lawn outside of the Boulder County clerk's office.

The office was open until 4:30 p.m. and officials expected a lot of people to come in and obtain a license.

On Wednesday, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the ban on same-sex marriage in Utah was unconstitutional. After the ruling, Boulder County attorneys and clerk Hillary Hall decided to begin issuing licenses because the ruling is binding in Colorado.

However, the justices stayed the decision pending appeal to the full court of appeals or to the U.S. Supreme Court. Because of that stay, Suthers says the ban remains in effect in Colorado.

“Today’s decision by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals was stayed by the Court and has not gone into effect even in Utah, let alone in Colorado,” Suthers said in a statement. “Any marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples in Colorado before a final court resolution of the issue are invalid.”

Hall says she and the Boulder County attorneys believe the stay only applies to Utah.

“We feel the law is behind us on it, so whatever happens, we’ll be ready to defend it,” Hall said. “This is the right decision.”

It's not known if Suthers will sue Boulder County on Thursday to stop the county from issuing the licenses. Hall said the licenses will continue to be issued until an order comes for it to be halted.

Licenses will be issued in Boulder until 4:30 p.m. Thursday and on Friday, they will be available at the county clerk offices in Lafayette and Longmont.



  • Dick Peabody

    Homosexual acts are sinful and perverted. This state voted against homosexual marriage and I’d like to know how these activist judges find a constitutional right to homosexual marriage WITHOUT also finding the same right to marry your sister or mother or dog or sheep or several partners, etc. The “equal protection” and “due process” clauses of the 14th Amendment, ratified July 9, 1868, were directed at guaranteeing the rights of FREED SLAVES—-NOT Homosexuals! I for one am sick of these monarchs in black robes overriding the will of the people by ignoring the original intent of the Constitution AT THE TIME IT WAS WRITTEN. We need to call for a Constitutional Convention, now, to address these mobsters in black robes and get them term limited.

    • Donnie

      The problem one faces with marrying an animal is consent. You really shouldn’t choose to show your blatant ignorance by stating such things.
      We aren’t looking to affect your rights as a straight man. We just want the same rights you have.

  • Kara

    I do believe the constitution says all men (women included) are created equal, therefore we all should have the same rights. Meaning marriage to whom ever we love, no one is advocating marrying cows and chickens that’s just you buddy, people are talking about actual love you know the one where you support one another through thick and thin, sickness and health, and raising children. Not your sick perverted opinions.

  • Judy Dehaven

    When the federal district court in Utah struck down Utah’s marriage law a few days before Christmas last December, and the State’s request for a stay was denied by both the district court and the court of appeals, the Supreme Court unanimously issued a stay, blocking the district court’s judgment. It is quite rare for the Supreme Court to issue a stay when both lower courts have refused to do so, and the standard that it applies is whether the state had demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits. The stay issued by the Supreme Court in the Utah case therefore outweighs all of the district court decisions that have recent invalidate state marriage laws combined.

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