Tenth Circuit puts federal challenge to Colo. gay marriage ban on hold


DENVER — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit says it will put a federal lawsuit challenging Colorado‘s same-sex marriage ban on hold pending action by the U.S. Supreme Court.

ColoradoThe decision comes in the appeal of a challenge filed in July on behalf of six same-sex couples.

On July 23, U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore ruled the ban unconstitutional, joining a state judge who made a similar ruling in a separate case two weeks earlier.

The parties in the federal case have been ordered to inform the court “within 10 days of a decision on the petitions for writ of certiorari pending before the Supreme Court” in the appeals of marriage rulings from Utah and Oklahoma, both of which have been appealed to the Supreme Court.

The Tenth Circuit has upheld district court rulings striking down Utah and Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage bans.

Follow this case: Burns v. Hickenlooper.

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