US: More Colorado counties follow lead of clerk given green light for same-sex marriages

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At least two more counties in the US state of Colorado have announced that they will soon begin marrying same-sex couples, after a judge ruled in favour of a clerk who had defied instructions to allow gay couples to marry.

Colorado’s Boulder county clerk Hillary Hall can continue issuing same-sex marriage licenses in the state, a judge ruled on Thursday.

Boulder County judge Andrew Hartman ruled that Hall can continue issuing licenses, stating that although same-sex marriage is illegal in Colorado, Hall is not harming anyone with her actions.

The motion against Hall was filed by Republican Attorney General John Suthers, who claimed her 

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Judge Rules Colorado Clerk Can Continue Issuing Gay Marriage Licenses

A Boulder County clerk who has been issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in defiance of Colorado’s gay-marriage ban can continue, a judge ruled Thursday.

Boulder County Judge Andrew Hartman decided county clerk Hillary Hall can ignore a federal stay on a ruling from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver that states cannot set gender requirements for marriage.

The judge said gay marriage is still technically illegal in Colorado but that Hall’s behavior was not harming anyone. But he said all who receive a license should be warned that they could still be invalid if a judge finds after trial that Hall didn’t have the authority to issue them.

Hartman also noted that every judge

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US: Anti-gay marriage Pennsylvania clerk loses Supreme Court appeal

Theresa Santa-Gaffney lost her appeal at the Supreme Court Share on WhatsApp 6 reader comments

A Pennsylvania clerk who attempted to continue fighting for the state’s already-removed same-sex marriage ban has lost her US Supreme Court appeal.

Same-sex marriage was legalised in Pennsylvania following a ruling by Judge John Jones on May 20, and was cemented as law when the state’s Governor, Tom Corbett, refused to appeal, alongside the Attorney General.

Despite the law already being in effect, Schuylkill County clerk Theresa Santai-Gaffney had earlier this month sought permission to file an appeal, claiming that she had standing to appeal as the ruling had made the scope of her duties unclear.

Her appeal had been previously rejected by both Judge Jones and an appeals court, but Santai-Gaffney since filed papers with the Supreme Court, arguing that she should be allowed to defend the ban.

Without comment, Justice Samuel Alito rejected the appeal today. Santai-Gaffney could now appeal to another justice, should she wish.

Santai-Gaffney argued that the Supreme Court had previously

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US: Colorado county clerk can continue issuing same-sex marriage licenses

Hillary Hall, a Colorado county clerk, can continue issuing same-sex marriage licenses (Image: AP) Share on WhatsApp 0 reader comments

Colorado county clerk Hillary Hall can continue issuing same-sex marriage licenses in the state, a judge ruled Thursday.

Boulder County judge Andrew Hartman ruled that Hall can continue issuing licenses, stating that although same-sex marriage is illegal in Colorado, Hall is not harming anyone with her actions.

Republican Attorney General John Suthers filed the motion on 3 July aiming to stop Hall from issuing licenses, stating that Hall would cause people to suffer

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US: Pennsylvania clerk takes appeal against same-sex marriage to Supreme Court

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A Pennsylvania clerk who is fighting for the right to defend the state’s already-removed same-sex marriage ban has taken her appeal to the Supreme Court.

Same-sex marriage was legalised in Pennsylvania following a ruling by Judge John Jones on May 20, and was cemented as law when the state’s Governor, Tom Corbett, refused to appeal, alongside the Attorney General.

Despite the law already being in effect, Schuylkill County clerk Theresa Santai-Gaffney had earlier this month sought permission to file an appeal, claiming that she had standing to appeal as the ruling had made the scope of her duties unclear.

Her appeal has been rejected by both Judge Jones and an appeals court, but Santai-Gaffney has now filed papers with the Supreme Court, arguing that she should be allowed to defend the ban.

She filed the appeal with Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, who could either rule on his own or involve his colleagues.

She argues that the Supreme Court has previously “signaled to all lower federal courts” that they must act “to preserve the enforcement of man-woman marriage laws” until appeals are concluded, by staying a same-sex marriage ruling in Utah.

As the deadline for any potential appeals has now passed, Santai-Gaffney’s appeal is now the last stand of opponents of marriage equality in the state.

Judge Jones originally ruled that her “deep personal disagreement” with same-sex marriage did not give her any standing to act on behalf of the state.

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US: Colorado Attorney General sues clerk for performing same-sex marriages

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Colorado’s Attorney General has launched legal action against a clerk who is performing same-sex marriages in defiance of the state’s legal ban.

Hillary Hall, a rogue county clerk in Boulder County, Colorado, has married over 34 same-sex couples

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US: Federal appeals court rejects appeal attempt by county clerk against same-sex marriage

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A federal appeals court has rejected an attempt by a county clerk to appeal a ruling which made same-sex marriage possible in Pennsylvania.

Same-sex marriage was legalised in Pennsylvania following a ruling by Judge John Jones on May 20.

It was cemented as law when the state’s Governor, Tom Corbett, refused to appeal, alongside the Attorney General.

A Pennsylvania judge in June rejected an attempt by Schuylkill County Orphans Court Clerk Theresa Santai-Gaffney to appeal against the ruling.

Now the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals has also rejected the request to appeal.

Santai-Gaffney now says she intends to appeal to the US Supreme Court.

In his original ruling striking down the same-sex marriage ban, Judge Jones wrote:

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