Attorney General John Suthers filed an appeal on Monday, asking the state court of appeals to overturn a ruling that allowed the Boulder clerk to continue issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

The AG's office filed its request with the Colorado Court of Appeals Monday morning.

On July 10, Boulder District Court Judge Andrew Hartman rejected a request by the state to stop Boulder Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Hall's office has issued more than 150 same-sex marriage licenses since June 25 after the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Utah's ban unconstitutional. On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order that prevents gay marriages from going forward in Utah for now.

DOCUMENT: Read Suthers' request to appeals court.

Also on Monday, Suthers persuaded Pueblo's clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, leaving Hall as the only clerk in Colorado still issuing them.

Pueblo Clerk and Recorder Gilbert Ortiz said his office quit issuing the licenses at 1 p.m.


"I stand by the initial decision I made and still believe that an individual's constitutional rights outweigh a law that discriminates against American citizens," Ortiz said in a statement. "In light of the Attorney General's threat of litigation, and the Colorado Supreme Court's recent order, I have decided to avoid adding to the Attorney General's already heavy sum of wasteful litigation in this matter."

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