Colorado

Jun 26, 2014 6:17 AM by Chelsea DeCesare

Boulder County issues same-sex marriage licenses

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - A Boulder County clerk began issuing same-sex marriage licenses after a federal appeals court ruled that states cannot prevent gay couples from getting married. But the Colorado attorney general says the licenses are invalid because the court's ruling was put on hold.

Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall said in a statement Wednesday "unless a court in Colorado or the U.S. Supreme Court tells me otherwise, I plan to begin issuing licenses." Hall said the decision by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel Wednesday made it clear that marriage is a fundamental right.

The three-judge panel in Denver ruled 2-1 that states cannot deprive people of the right to marry simply because they choose a partner of the same sex. The ruling was immediately put on hold pending an appeal.

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