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Op-Ed: Same-sex marriage spreading like wildfire

By Robert Weller     Jun 28, 2014 in Lifestyle
Boulder - A leftist Colorado county this week began issuing same-sex marriage licenses. They don’t call it the People’s Republic of Boulder for nothing.
Almost 40 years ago the community tried to issue same-sex marriage licenses but was blocked by the courts.
This week the city and county north of Denver began issuing the licenses based on a federal ruling declaring Utah’s law against such unions illegal.
The decision to strike down the Utah law requiring that marriages be between and a man and a woman was made by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals based in Denver.
“The battle to legalize same-sex marriage saw a historic victory this week when the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver became the first federal appeals court in the nation to declare that same-sex couples have a “fundamental right” to wed. … the decision, striking down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage, extended a remarkable string of favorable federal court rulings…” said a New York Times editorial.
Peter Renn, a staff attorney at Lambda Legal, said the San Francisco decision could not be overestimated.
“Honestly, this decision is like a nail in the coffin of discriminatory marriage laws. The government’s burden in justifying discriminatory marriage laws became just that much harder,” he said.
It is unlikely the Supreme Court would dare to overturn the right of same-sexed marriage.
Boulder County Clerk Hillary Clark, ignoring the official opinion from Colorado’s attorney general, said she would allow same-sex marriages because it is the right thing to do. "Couples across Colorado have been waiting a long time to have their right to marry the person they love recognized," she said in a news release. "I want to act immediately to let them carry out that wish."
Some same-sex couples, including Eve Canfield and Jabe Hickey of Longmont, got their licenses on Thursday and were married Friday. They have been together for 18 years, and a marriage license in Canada that is not recognized in Colorado. The state does allow civil unions.
“Longmont is our whole life. We work here and live here and, now, we're being accepted by our community,” Canfield said.
Clerks had to mark one member male and the other female because that is the way the forms are prepared. They are being replaced with new ones as soon as possible. Colorado Atty. Gen. John Suthers said the 10th Circuit Court’s decision hadn’t even taken effect as judges put it on hold pending appeals.
Clark said she doubted any Colorado court would rule the 70 marriage licenses issued so far as invalid. Courts have made same-sex marriages legal in 19 states and the District of Columbia, though some rulings remain on hold.
St. Louis, Missouri briefly issued licenses Wednesday, before the state attorney general got a court order blocking them. Colorado’s Suthers has not gone to court.
Not to be left behind President Barack Obama has sent five openly gay ambassadors abroad and instructed embassies to support homosexual groups.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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