Colorado Clerks Ignoring Republican Secretary of State — Issuing Same Sex Marriage Licenses
I’m so proud of the Boulder and Denver County Clerks:
The Denver County clerk’s office on Thursday began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, just hours after a Boulder judge rejected a bid by the state to block a similar move there.
The first couple, Samantha Getman, 33, and Victoria Quintana, 23, got their license shortly before 2 p.m. They were far outnumbered by reporters, photographers and activists.
Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson’s decision came after a Boulder County judge said he would allow Boulder’s clerk to continue issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, rejecting a request from Attorney General John Suthers to issue an injunction.
Johnson said on her Twitter account: “FINALLY! We can issue marriage licenses to ALL loving couples here in CO. Our Office will be issuing licenses till 4:30 pm today.”
The Boulder ruling Thursday gave Denver legal cover, in officials’ view.
“Now, thanks to Clerk Hall’s bravery, we can issue licenses today,” Porter said.
In the Boulder ruling on a temporary restraining order request [filed by Colorado’s Republican Attorney General, John Suthers], Judge Andrew Hartman wrote that the validity of any marriage licenses issued by the Boulder clerk’s office to same-sex couples was conditional ultimately upon courts finding Hall had the proper authority.
No word yet on whether Suthers is going to ask for a restraining order against Denver’s clerk too. I hope not. Poor guy. This train has left the station but he keeps trying to pull it back.