Judge: Colorado Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

July 9, 2014 11:02 PM

Judge: Colorado Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional
" DENVER (AP) — A Colorado judge on Wednesday struck down the state’s gay marriage ban, making him the 16th judge to invalidate a state’s prohibition on same-sex marriages in the past year.

District Judge C. Scott Crabtree put his ruling on hold pending an appeal, but wrote that the provisions in Colorado law clearly violate the state and U.S. constitutions. “There is no rational relationship between any legitimate governmental purpose and the marriage bans,” he wrote.

The decision came in two lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of Colorado’s law, which was passed by voters in 2006.

It is likely the ruling will be appealed by Attorney General John Suthers’ office, which defended the ban. The case is the 16th in a row in which a state ban was voided by a judge following last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act "

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