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Gay marriage ruling in limbo; Suthers appeals decision, couples continue to marry

By Eric Fink, Multimedia Journalist, eric.fink@krdo.com
Published On: Aug 06 2014 09:34:48 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 14 2014 07:17:46 PM CDT

Eric Fink has the story.

Colorado Springs, Colo. -

Denver, Pueblo and Boulder continue to issue same-sex marriage licenses. But are those licenses actually valid under Colorado law?

Voters banned same-sex marriage in Colorado in 2006. Last Wednesday a state district judge overturned that ban saying it was unconstitutional.

State Attorney General John Suthers defends the ban and vows to appeal the decision to the Colorado Supreme Court if necessary.

"I don't understand what the actual issue is," Colorado Springs resident Jordan Fernandez said. "I never have. I never will."

Fernandez and partner Lorie Depaula have been together more than 20 years. The couple plans to get their marriage license tomorrow in Pueblo.

UCCS political science professor Josh Dunn says same-sex marriage in Colorado is currently in a holding pattern.

"The more people who receive a marriage license the more difficult it becomes for a court to reverse the decision made by these local governments," Dunn said.

The entire marriage debate baffles Fernandez and Depaula.

"Let it go," Depaula demanded. "This has been going on for so long. Leave us be. Let us love. Let us be normal."

"It's sad that you have to fight for a piece of paper that gives you the same rights," Fernandez said. "We pay taxes like everyone else. We go to our jobs, we raise our children and it's sad that you have to fight for a piece of paper that says you are allowed to do so."

We made several calls to Suthers' office Monday for comment but we did not did not hear back.

Josh Dunn believes the nine justices on the U.S. Supreme Court will make the ultimate decision on gay marriage.

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