Colorado attorney general asks county to
stop same-sex marriage licenses
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[July 01, 2014]
By Keith Coffman
DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado's solicitor
general wants a county in the state to stop issuing same-sex marriage
licenses until separate legislation over the status of such marriages is
settled by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Denver Post reported Monday.
Last week, a three judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals in Denver ruled that a Utah ban on same-sex marriages is
unconstitutional, but stayed the order until the Supreme Court
definitively rules on the issue.
Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall, however, began issuing same-sex
marriage licenses, saying in a statement that couples had waited a
long time to have their marriages recognized.
In a letter addressed to Hall, Colorado's state solicitor general
Dan Domenico said the licenses were prematurely issued.
"It is clear that your office and ours have a difference of opinion
regarding your authority to issue marriage licenses that do not
comply with existing Colorado law," the newspaper quoted Domenico as
saying on its website.
In the letter dated June 27, Domenico requested that Hill
immediately cease issuing the licenses, the newspaper said.
It quoted Domenico as saying that the attorney general's office
would file a joint petition with the county to the Colorado Supreme
Court "seeking expeditious resolution" as to whether Hall has the
authority to issue the licenses.
If Hall complies, the attorney general's office will take no action,
the newspaper added.
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Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has also said that any
marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples in the state are
invalid until there is a final legal resolution.
Hall's office could not be immediately reached for comment, but the
newspaper reported that the attorney general's office had said
Hall's office has yet to respond to the offer.
(Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Miral Fahmy)
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