Gay marriage showdown in Boulder: County clerk ordered to stop issuing licenses by noon Tuesday

Case may go to Colorado Supreme Court

DENVER - The clock is ticking on a showdown between Colorado's Republican attorney general and a county clerk who has been issuing gay-marriage licenses.

Attorney General John Suthers told Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall to stop issuing the licenses by noon Tuesday. Suthers says they should appeal to the Colorado Supreme Court to determine whether Hall has the authority to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

Colorado's constitution bans same-sex unions. But the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled last week in a Utah case that states cannot ban marriages based on the genders of people participating. Hall responded by issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The 10th Circuit put its ruling on hold, however.

Six same-sex couples from Colorado plan to file a lawsuit on Tuesday challenging the court's stay.

So far, the county clerk has issued 83 gay-marriage licenses.

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