Federal Judge Rules Colorado Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

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July 23 2014 9:12 PM

Federal Judge Rules Colorado Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

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Colorado gay marriage ban ruled unconstitutional.

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Colorado became the latest state to have a federal judge strike down its state ban on same sex marriage on Wednesday. The court ruled that disallowing gay marriage was unconstitutional, but as with previous rulings elsewhere, imposed a temporary stay on the implementation of the decision until a potential appeal can be heard. “The Wednesday ruling marks the 25th district court ruling against a gay marriage ban since last year’s Supreme Court rulings,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

“Colorado's Supreme Court last week ordered the Denver County clerk to stop issuing licenses to same-sex couples pending the resolution of an appeal by the state's attorney general,” Reuters reports. “Emboldened by a landmark U.S. appeals court ruling in June that found in favor of gay marriage in neighboring Utah that was itself put on hold, a handful of county clerks in Colorado had begun issuing marriage licenses despite a state ban on gay nuptials.”

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The federal civil suit was filed by six gay couples on July 1.

Elliot Hannon is a writer in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter.

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