BOULDER, Colo. - As the Boulder County Clerk issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples for a second day without any legal challenge, a state lawmaker and his partner were among the 30 couples issued a certificate Thursday.
State Senator Jessie Ulibarri, D-Commerce City, and his partner, Louis Trujillo, got their license after a six-year relationship. The couple passed on having a civil union ceremony -- which became legal in under state law in 2013 -- choosing to wait until marriage licenses became available for gay couples in Colorado.
"We're very, very excited," said Ulibarri. "We were looking at the certificate. Is this real, is this real? And it is real."
"I think it's a big deal. I think it's a big step forward to get our family recognized in the justice system and get protected," said Trujillo.
Yet, State Attorney General John Suthers disagrees, calling the licenses invalid.
"I don't really care what the attorney general says. I want to the ability to love and protect my family. And that means that we got a marriage certificate," said Ulibarri.
The hours ahead could be critical -- legal scholars feel if anyone could put a legal stop to the Boulder Clerk, it would be the attorney general.
"So far the statements coming from that office seem to indicate that they want people to know what they think the law is, but they haven't indicated they're going to take any formal action," said University of Colorado law professor Jennifer Hendricks.
Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall is set to offer the same-sex marriage licenses at county offices in Lafayette and Longmont on Friday.
While Denver County Clerk Debra Johnson said she stands by the Boulder County Clerk, marriage certificates will not be issued in the City and County of Denver at this time.