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US same-sex marriage continues on a roller-coaster of appeals and counter-appeals
Jul21

US same-sex marriage continues on a roller-coaster of appeals and counter-appeals

LAST UPDATED // Monday, 21 July 2014 15:13 Written by // Andrew Shaw

An appeals court has prevented one Colorado county from issuing same-sex marriage licenses, as other counties in the state continue to issue them.

Acting on the state attorney-general’s advice, the Colorado Supreme Court ordered Denver county clerks to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Friday.

County clerks in Denver had been issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples since July 10, reports the Denver Post, after a state district judge refused to stop neighbouring Boulder and Pueblo Counties from doing the same.

The Post reports 108 marriage licenses have been issued to same-sex couples in Denver.

The state Supreme Court did not address the legality of those marriages, which highlights the complications around same-sex marriage in the US.

Meanwhile, also on Friday, an appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that struck down Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban.

A three-judge panel issued a ruling saying Oklahoma's voter-approved ban violates the US Constitution.

“Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage sweeps too broadly in that it denies a fundamental right to all same-sex couples who seek to marry or to have their marriages recognized regardless of their child-rearing ambitions,” Judge Carlos Lucero wrote in his deliberation.

 

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Andrew Shaw

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Andrew Shaw is editor of Queensland Pride.

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