Colorado Judge Overturns Same-Sex Marriage Ban But Stays Ruling


A district court judge declared Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on Wednesday, but immediately stayed his ruling.

Adams County District Judge C. Scott Crabtree wrote that Colorado’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage “bears no rational relationship to any conceivable government interest,” as quoted by The Denver Post.

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers’ office plans to appeal the ruling, according to the newspaper.

Crabtree is the 16th judge to toss out a state’s same-sex marriage ban since the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government must recognize gay marriages.

The decision in Colorado came on the same day that the neighboring state of Utah decided to go straight to the Supreme Court to appeal a ruling that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry.


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