The Colorado Court of Appeals today denied state Attorney General John Suthers' emergency motion to stop Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall from issuing same-sex marriage licenses until the court hears an appeal in the case.
Hall remains the only county clerk in the state issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Boulder District Judge Andrew Hartman on July 10 denied a request by Suthers to grant an injunction to prevent Hall from issuing the licenses, saying the state could not prove Hall's action harmed the state. He re-affirmed that ruling this week.
Suthers filed an appeal with the Colorado Court of Appeals, and asked that a stay be issued stopping Hall pending the hearing of the appeal.
Hall started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples June 25 after the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Utah's ban unconstitutional. Her office had issued 183 as of this afternoon.
Following today's ruling, she said, in a statement, “It’s great to see that an appellate court ruled in our favor. Hopefully this means that the attorney general will respect the appellate court’s decision rather than filing more motions or appeals.”