Colo. County Clerk Rejects Ultimatum: Same-Sex Marriage ‘Legal And Just’

AP

A Colorado county clerk who has been issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples rejected the state attorney general’s demand to stop issuing the licenses on Tuesday.

“Same-sex licenses are legal and just and we will continue to issue them,” Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall said in a statement, as quoted by Reuters.

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers’ office had offered Hall the chance to file a joint petition asking the Colorado Supreme Court to rule on whether she had the authority to issue same-sex marriage licenses, but only if she stopped granting them by noon on Tuesday. It’s not clear what legal action Suthers’ office plans to take going forward.

Separately, six same-sex couples filed a lawsuit Tuesday in federal court seeking to throw out the state’s ban on gay marriage in light of last week’s decision by a federal appeals court overturning Utah’s gay marriage ban.

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