At last, the word comes
"On Tuesday, October 7, the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office received final clearance from the Colorado Attorney General’s Office to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Effective immediately, same-sex marriage licenses are available in the Clerk’s Office."
Note that all Clerk & Recorder offices will be closed Monday, Oct. 13. Otherwise, party on Wayne; party on Garth.
——— Original post: Monday, Oct. 6, 1:21 p.m. ———
... though we don't know when.
For a quick refresher, as we blogged earlier
, the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to rule on the issue of same-sex marriage in certain states, thus making lower court rulings, like the one that will change the law in Colorado, stand up.
Here's what the El Paso County Clerk & Recorder's
office said in response to questions from the Indy
on what comes next:
"The Clerk and Recorder’s Office has always been committed to upholding the law as set by lawmakers or the judicial system," writes public information officer Ryan Parsell in an email. "In light of the action taking by the U.S. Supreme Court today, the Clerk and Recorder’s Office has started making preparations to comply with the new law once the formalities referenced by the Attorney General’s Office are resolved."
And here's the statement from Colorado Attorney General John Suthers
, who says he'll try to expedite the process of legal equality:
“We have consistently maintained that we will abide by the Supreme Court's determination on the constitutionality of marriage laws," says Suthers, who's also running for Colorado Springs mayor. "By choosing not to take up the matter, the court has left the 10th Circuit ruling in place. We expect the 10th Circuit will issue a final order governing Colorado very shortly. Once the formalities are resolved, clerks across the state must begin issuing marriage licenses to all same-sex couples."