State Supreme Court lifts stay; numerous counties begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses


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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — Several counties in Colorado began issuing same-sex marriage licenses Tuesday morning, one day after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for the legalization in 11 more states, including Colorado.

A notice on the Douglas County website read, in part, “In response to the October 6, 2014 changes in state law resulting from the ruling of the 10th circuit court, Douglas County will begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses.”

Licenses began to be issued at the Recording Office at 8 a.m. and at the Motor Vehicle Offices at 9 a.m.

“The most effective means for obtaining a license will be a paper application, until needed software changes to our on-line kiosk are made,” the statement read. “We apologize for any inconvenience this causes. Please know that we are working diligently with our software vendor to bring the kiosk into compliance.”

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers declared same-sex marriages to be legal in the state on Monday once all stays are lifted by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the Colorado Supreme Court.

Monday’s Supreme Court decision overrides the amendment, but the paperwork is still supposed to be completed before clerks start issuing licenses.Pueblo and Larimer county officials began issuing same-sex marriage licenses Monday.

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