And here, the judicial process has to take place, and it's going to. Compared to those complaints, irate same-sex marriage supporters seem almost tame. At the same time that case went up, we had the Windsor case, which was the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which basically said regardless of how a state defines marriage, we're not going to recognize same-sex marriages for purposes of federal benefits.
Although the appeals court stayed its ruling, Hall said the justices had affirmed gay marriage, and she thus began issuing licenses.
Despite Suthers' insistence that Colorado's ban on same-sex weddings remained in force, Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall began issuing licenses to couples who she said had waited long enough to marry the person they loved.
And it is kind of humorous to watch the folks that are condemning you and the folks that are praising you. But I've really received some wonderful comments that are meaningful to me, because they actually understand the situation. Today, I had the honor of signing as a witness for the first same-sex marriage in Denver History.
Third Colorado county licenses gay couples to wed. In a five-four decision written by Justice Kennedy, the court said, Look, if the state says they're married, the federal government can't say, Oh, we're not going to recognize that marriage for purposes of federal benefits.
All this is going on, and then there's a case that comes up in Adams County, where the judge holds Colorado law unconstitutional. I'm sure I have relatives who say, "Oh, what's he doing? Virtually every court that has done so has entered a stay pending resolution by higher courts, including now, the United States Supreme Court.
Carr Judicial Center before delivering the petitions. They've watched me over years and years and years, and they know me very well and have a certain amount of confidence that I'm doing what I believe is the appropriate role for a lawyer to do and for the attorney general, specifically, to do in this case.