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Boulder to continue issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Thursday, June 26, 2014
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Michelle and Wendy Alfredsen with their son Oliver kiss after getting their marriage license at the Boulder County Clerk and Recorders Office in Boulder Colo. Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Paul Aiken, AP

Michelle and Wendy Alfredsen with their son Oliver kiss after getting their marriage license at the Boulder County Clerk and Recorders Office in Boulder Colo. Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

BOULDER, Colo. — Boulder County, Colo., is issuing more same-sex marriage licenses after a federal appeals court ruled against Utah’s same-sex marriage ban.

Colorado’s attorney general says the Boulder licenses aren’t valid both because the ruling has been placed on hold and because a Colorado state ban remains in place. County clerk Hillary Hall said she’ll issue licenses unless a court tells her otherwise.

The county issued two marriage licenses to gay couples Wednesday but Hall expects to dole out many more Thursday. Couples were lined up when the office opened its doors.

Boulder County was among the first to issue same-sex marriage licenses nearly 40 years ago. Six couples were issued licenses and married in 1975 before the state attorney general intervened.

Developing story. This report will be updated.

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