AG’s fight to stop same-sex marriage in Boulder County heads to court

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BOULDER, Colo. -- The battle over same-sex marriage in Colorado comes to a head Wednesday morning. A district judge will hear the Colorado attorney general's lawsuit against the Boulder County clerk and recorder, two weeks after she started issuing licenses to gay couples.

Attorney General John Suthers will ask a judge to order Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples and to declare the more than 100 licenses already issued as invalid.

Hall has said she's ready to defend her actions -- and gay marriage. For two weeks, more than 100 same-sex couples have said "I do" in Boulder County. Hall started issuing same-sex marriage licenses after the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Utah's gay marriage ban.

“To be able to see them be recognized like everyone else is amazing," Hall said. "It brings tears to my eyes.”

But Suthers filed a lawsuit to stop her. He says the licenses are not valid until a higher court hands down a final ruling.

"With stay or no stay, it’s my job as the officer who’s elected to issue marriage licenses that I begin doing so," Hall said. "How do you stay a fundamental right?”

Gay marriage supporters feel the same way.

“It’s our contention that same-sex marriages are perfectly legal and Hillary Hall is doing exactly what the law says she should do," attorney David Lane said.

Attorneys for one of the couples who got married in Boulder County has filed a countersuit against the state. They're asking the judge to stop the state from enforcing its ban on gay marriage and says the attorney general can't invalidate  their marriages without first telling the families.

“Not only do we think that against family values and destroys the sanctity of marriage, it violates all concepts of due process," Lane said.

The hearing begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Advocacy group Out Boulder has been spreading the word and paining signs, preparing for a rally before the hearing.

"Lesbian and gay couples, bisexual and transgender couples want equality and the responsibility associated with that equality, that’s all we’re asking for," said Mardi Moore with Out Boulder.

No matter how the district judge rules, it's likely the case will head next to the State Supreme Court.




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      You are a certifiable. You blame Hiroshima on God? Your God is a homicidal mass murderer. Back in reality it was man who dropped the bomb.

  • Jimmie Cooper Boswell

    is all the extra pestilence, plague, and famine, we are bound to get really going to be worth this? when we should of stopped, way before the polio, mass murder crimes, cancer, suicide, muslim, and alzheimer plagues. how much more does it take, for you all to get the message that G-D is not particularly happy with any of you right now, here in THEIR Story again?

  • Jimmie Cooper Boswell

    well it could be worse, they could subpoena G-D’S Son here on earth to testify in court. but they ain’t about to do that, cause they do not want anybody who does not lie in the way they were taught to lie.

  • Jimmie Cooper Boswell

    and i am pretty sure, G-D and whoever is the same again appointed HaMoaheeach, are getting really tired of all their enemies not here in THEIR Story, saying trust us we love you. not to mention all of our jewish enemies, complaining about all their appointed enemies, more or less all the christians who are Our enemies also. and let us not forget all-h, our even worse muslim enemies also.

  • Jimmie Cooper Boswell

    if you want to defy G-D on this issue, it shall cost you your eternal life. keep your religions of the same old devil, out of my life. the state and national constitutions, are most specific about you not establishing any laws for the religion of the occult devils also.

  • Jimmie Cooper Boswell

    no document is actually legal, if it is discontent with G-D. and because marriage is a religious affair, the state can’t actually issue a marriage license. marriage license is a church issue not a state issue. and even if it is issued by any religious cult or occult church, is no guarantee it is legal according to G-D. we do not need to make any law, that angers G-D more than G-D already is. and according to the state and national constitution, there is no separation of G-D and state. and freedom of religion, is no guarantee any of your religions are true to G-D here in THEIR Story again.

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