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