Colorado Supreme Court preps for gay marriage decision

DENVER—The Colorado Supreme Court set quick deadlines for both sides as it considers whether to block a group of county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

First briefs from attorneys are due Wednesday afternoon and the sides will have 24 hours to file additional briefs in response.

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers asked for an emergency injunction blocking clerks from issuing the licenses while the state appeals an Adams County judge's ruling that struck down the voter-enacted ban on same-sex marriage.

A ruling on that injunction is unlikely to be handed down before Thursday. The state supreme court generally releases rulings on Mondays, but could decide to weigh in sooner.

Suthers argues that county clerks in Boulder, Denver, and Pueblo county are jumping the gun and should wait for a state or federal supreme court ruling on the issue.

The clerks in question argue they don't want to deny the rights of gay and lesbian couples, pointing to a spate of lower court decisions against same-sex marriage bans.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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