DENVER — Colorado’s Attorney General has given the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder a deadline to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses or face action from his office. The county asked for more time Monday night to respond.
In a letter, John Suthers said Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall has till noon Tuesday to stop issuing the licenses.
According to the Denver Post, Suthers told Hall the AG would file a joint request with the Colorado Supreme Court asking for a decision as to whether or not the clerk has the legal authority to issue the licenses.
Suthers said that was a compromise that would “obviate the need for us to take any further action regarding your issuance of licenses.”
Hall started issuing the licenses on Wednesday after the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stuck down a Utah law banning gay marriage.
Suthers has said the marriage licenses are invalid because the 10th Circuit issued a stay on its opinion pending a potential review by the Supreme Court.
Hall’s office has continued to issue the licenses and a little over 70 have been handed out.
It’s not yet clear what action Suther’s office would take against the Hall.
In a letter from the Boulder County attorney, the county clerk has requested an extension of the Tuesday deadline to July 10 to respond.
Hall says, “We received the Attorney General’s letter late Friday and began reviewing it with our County Attorney and his staff. Because this is such an important issue we have requested additional time from the Attorney General’s office to review their proposal. We hope they give us the time requested to fully review their proposal with our legal counsel.”