Six Colorado couples file federal lawsuit over same-sex marriage ban in state

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DENVER -- A lawsuit was filed Tuesday by six Colorado couples in U.S. District Court seeking to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

The couples -- Catherine Bruns and Sheila Schroeder; Mark Thrun and Geoffrey Bateman; Rachel Catt and Cassie Rubald; Breanna Alexander and Stacy Parrish; Angela Cranmore and Julianne Deloy; and Karen Collier and Denise Lord -- filed the lawsuit saying the ban is discriminatory.

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Named as defendants were Gov. John Hickenlooper, Attorney General John Suthers, Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder Pam Anderson and City and County of Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson.

The plaintiffs are seeking the right to marry in the state. Colorado only recognizes civil unions.