Gay Marriage Prevails in Colorado!

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Adams County District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree ruled against Colorado’s constitutional amendment banning marriage equality, making the Centennial State the latest to see such a ban struck down in court since the end of DOMA.  In Brinkman v. Long, attorneys from Wilcox & Ogden, P.C. and Thomas Russell sued the state on behalf of a same-sex couple who argue that Colorado’s ban on marriage equality violates the state and U.S. constitutions.  In his ruling, Judge Crabtree wrote, “The Court holds that the Marriage Bans violate plaintiffs’ due process and equal protection guarantees under the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  The existence of civil unions is further evidence of discrimination against same-sex couples and does not ameliorate the discriminatory effect of Marriage Bans.”  Judge Crabtree stayed his ruling. “It is fitting that today, the 146th anniversary of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, that a Colorado court has struck down the state’s discriminatory marriage ban relying on the equal protection clause,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow.   “These marriage bans will continue to fall because the Constitution does not allow for such blatant discrimination.”

 

 

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