Colorado Official demands end to issuing gay marriage licenses

Colorado’s solicitor general wants a county in the state to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses until separate legislation over the status of gay marriages is settled by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Denver Post reported yesterday.

Last week, a panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled that a Utah ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, but also stayed the order until the Supreme Court definitively rules on the issue.

At the same time, Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall began issuing same-sex marriage licenses saying that couples had waited a long time to have their marriages recognized by the state.

In a letter addressed to Hall, Colorado’s state solicitor general Dan Domenico said that the licenses were prematurely issued and not yet valid.

“It is clear that your office and ours have a difference of opinion regarding your authority to issue marriage licenses that do not comply with existing Colorado law,” the newspaper quoted Domenico as saying through his website.

Domenico requested that Hill immediately cease issuing the licenses in a recent letter.

It quoted him as saying that the attorney general’s office would file a petition with the county to the Colorado Supreme Court “seeking expeditious resolution” as to whether the county clerk has the authority to issue them. The general’s office will take no action if the demands are met.