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Colorado AG to expedite motions to lift stays, allow same-sex couples to marry

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Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, a Republican whose district includes conservative El Paso County, said in a statement that he was disappointed by the high court’s decision not to hear the states’ gay-marriage appeal.

“By refusing to take up these appeals, the Supreme Court has allowed unelected activist judges from lower federal courts to usurp the democratic process and undermine the constitutional rights of several states, including Colorado, to define marriage consistent with the values of their citizens,” Lamborn said.

Meanwhile, same-sex couples have been calling the Denver clerk’s office to get married. But clerk Debra Johnson said she has to wait for a ruling from the Colorado Supreme Court before she can start granting licenses.

“Love is love, and everyone should be recognized for the love that they share, and it should be validated,” Johnson said.

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Johnson and at least two other county clerks started issuing same-sex marriage licenses after the 10th Circuit ruled in a Utah case that gay marriage bans “demean the dignity of these same-sex couples for no rational reason.”

Suthers, through legal filings, successfully fought to have clerks stop issuing those licenses because the appeals court put its ruling on hold pending the Supreme Court appeal.

Stays in the Utah and Oklahoma cases already have been lifted. Suthers and attorneys for gay couples have filed requests to have Colorado’s stay lifted too.

Once the legal formalities are over, “clerks across the state must begin issuing marriage licenses to all same-sex couples,” Suthers said.

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