Federal Judge Strikes Down State's Gay Marriage Ban, Stays Ruling

July 24, 2014 1:31 AM

Federal Judge Strikes Down State's Gay Marriage Ban, Stays Ruling
" DENVER (AP) – A federal judge in Denver declared Colorado’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional Wednesday, but he temporarily put the ruling on hold to give the state until next month to seek an appeal.

Judge Raymond P. Moore’s ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed July 1 by six gay couples who asked the court for an injunction ordering that the state’s ban no longer be enforced.

Colorado Republican Attorney General John Suthers and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper had requested a stay so the issue could eventually be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court – though both agreed the state ban should be declared unconstitutional.

The couples filed the lawsuit after the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled against Utah’s gay marriage ban but put the decision on hold pending an appeal.

Moore said in his ruling that Colorado’s attorneys “have not met their burden” for a stay because they did not oppose the injunction. But he’s giving them until Aug. 25 to seek a stay from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver or the U.S. Supreme Court.

Shortly after the ruling, Suthers filed a notice of appeal to the 10th Circuit "

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