Jul 18, 2014 11:40 PM by Matt Prichard

Pueblo stands by gay marriage decision

Last Friday the Pueblo Courthouse was flooded with gay couples, after County Clerk Gilbert Ortiz followed Boulder and Denver in issuing licenses. But even then the fear was there, that all this could be temporary. 

"Even though there is that underwhelming fear that yes, it's going to be challenged. But in a few years, I don't, I'm very optimistic," said Pueblo resident, Jessie Fenau. 

One week later, those concerns are a reality as the Colorado Supreme Court put a stay on licenses in Denver and Adams counties--but not on Pueblo and boulder--at least, for the time being.

"The supreme court decided to make a stay only on the two counties, and did not issue an injunction," said Pueblo County Clerk, Gilbert Ortiz. 

Ortiz explained the state's decision to the media today and addressing his own choice last week saying until told otherwise, he's standing by it. 

"We made our decision separately from Denver and Boulder, and our decision was to start issuing marriage licenses, and we're going to continue to do that," said Ortiz.

So far thirty couples have been married in Pueblo County, with more expected in the coming days. We will keep you updated as more details become available on this story.



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