Attorney general tells county clerks to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses

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DENVER -- Same-sex marriage became official across Colorado on Tuesday morning after the Colorado Supreme Court lifted two stays and Attorney General John Suthers told the 64 county clerks to begin issuing licenses.

"There are no remaining legal requirements that prevent same-sex couples from legally marrying in Colorado," Suthers said in a news release. "Beginning today, Colorado's 64 county clerks are legally required to issue licenses to same-sex couples who request them.

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"In addition, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is required to register such marriages in the records of the State of Colorado."

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Even before the stays against Adams and Boulder counties were lifted and Suthers' order came down, county clerk and recorder offices began announcing they immediately would begin offering the licenses.

Pueblo and Larimer counties started Monday, and Douglas County began issuing licenses at 8 a.m. Tuesday. Jefferson and Denver counties soon followed before Suthers' announcement was made.

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