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Protesters demonstrate over Boulder clerk issuing gay marriage licenses

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BOULDER, Colo. — A Boulder street corner became the scene of a small protest and counter-protest over the decision of the county clerk and recorder to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday.

Richard Jacobson stood at the intersection of Canyon Boulevard and Broadway with a sign reading “Sodomy deserves hell” on one side and the other saying Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall should “repent,” reported the Daily Camera.

It wasn’t long before a group of residents in favor of Hall’s decision showed up to counter protest.

“We gathered our friends and made some signs as quickly as we could and came out here,” Nicole White told the Camera.

More people showed up around noon including a woman who wasn’t wearing a shirt. Boulder Police arrived to remind the protesters to keep off the walkways. They said the topless woman was not breaking any laws.

Wednesday Hall will defend her decision to issue the licenses in Boulder District Court. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has said the marriage licenses are invalid.

Hall started issuing the licenses after the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver issued a ruling finding a Utah ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

That decision was stayed pending appeal. Hall has argued their ruling justifies her actions.

Suthers filled a lawsuit asking a Boulder District judge to stop Hall.


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