So Proud of Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall

June 26, 2014 at 1:39 PM Leave a comment

Hillary Hall via boulderCounty.org

Hillary Hall (Image via BoulderCounty.org/gov)

This is happening in my town today:

A left-leaning Colorado county defiantly issued marriage licenses to gay couples on Thursday, emboldened by a landmark same-sex marriage ruling by a regional appeals court, even as the state attorney general warned such nuptials would not be valid.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver ruled on Wednesday that conservative Utah cannot ban same-sex couples from marrying, pushing the issue of gay marriage a step nearer the U.S. Supreme Court. [ID:nL2N0P619V]

The appeals court, whose decisions apply to six states including Colorado, stayed its ruling in anticipation of a legal challenge by Utah. Within hours of the verdict, the clerk’s office in Boulder County, Colorado, began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

“Couples across Colorado have been waiting a long time to have their right to marry the person they love recognized,” County Clerk Hillary Hall said in a statement. “I want to act immediately to let them carry out that wish.”

[…]

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers [a Republican] said in a statement late on Wednesday that a state constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriages remained in effect.

“(The) decision by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals was stayed by the Court and has not gone into effect even in Utah, let alone in Colorado,” Suthers said.

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The marriage licenses Hall’s issuing might, in the end, be invalidated but I’m sure the couples getting them know that.  What I love about what Hall’s doing is that she’s acting up, making noise, and doing the morally right thing.

 

 

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