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DENVER - A same-sex marriage showdown between two of Colorado's top elected leaders is brewing.

Governor Hickenlooper is asking Attorney General John Suthers to stand down. The governor says a judge's ruling to allow same-sex marriages puts Colorado on "the right side of history."

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He urged the AG not to challenge the decision, calling Colorado's same-sex marriage ban "discriminatory" and telling Suthers if he feels the need to defend it, then take it to the state Supreme Court.

Suthers issued the following statement Wednesday:

Judge Crabtree's order reaffirms the fact that the fate of Colorado's same-sex marriage law will rest with the United States Supreme Court. The Court properly found that the instability and uncertainty that would result from not staying the decision, including the issuance of marriage licenses by county clerks in the state, necessitated that the order be stayed. The county clerks are agents of the state and should be bound by the stay order. Judge Crabtree provides additional clarity that until the high court rules on the issue of same-sex marriage, Colorado's current laws remain in place. While the legal debate regarding same-sex marriage continues, and many find the legal process frustrating, adherence to the rule of law will bring about the final resolution with the greatest certainty and legal legitimacy. That certainty and legitimacy is in the best interests of everyone, including gay couples who desire to marry.

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