Colorado gay marriage reaction from local and state leaders

(Photo: CPR/Ben Markus)
<p>Fran and Anna Simon were the first same-sex couple to be married in Denver on Thursday, July 10, 2014.</p>

Following Thursday's ruling on gay marriage that resulted in more county clerks issuing marriage licenses to Colorado same-sex couples, many major players reacted to the news. The Denver County clerk began issuing licenses Thursday afternoon, and the Pueblo County clerk did the same Friday morning.

Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall:

WE WON! Judge denied the stay! More to come. #equality

The Denver County Clerk:

Today, I had the honor of signing as a witness for the first same-sex #marriage in Denver History. #loveislove

Jefferson County Clerk Pam Anderson:

As the Clerk and Recorder, I have taken an oath to uphold the laws of both our United States and State Constitution. What makes this issue so challenging is that we are currently in the process of resolving potential conflicts between our state and federal constitutions. I look forward to the approaching day, when the courts finally adjudicate this issue for Colorado citizens; however, there has not yet been issued a binding legal decision for Jeffco to follow. I am monitoring closely all the court activity and am prepared to follow the final determination swiftly once it is settled.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock:

I stand proudly w/ @CRDenver as we take another step toward #marriageequality 4 every resident of this great city!

Susan Shepherd, Denver City Council, District 1:

What an amazing moment in #Denver history with our courageous @CRDenver! #samelove #equality #finally

Chris Nevitt: Denver City Council, District 7:

Couldn't be more honored & humbled to witness and sign-off on #Denver's SECOND same-sex #marriage license. #Equality

Gov. John Hickenlooper:

"I remain a strong advocate for marriage equality. The decision on marriage by Judge Crabtree puts Colorado on the right side of history. I have urged the attorney general not to appeal Judge Crabtree's ruling. If he feels he needs to continue to defend this discriminatory law, I urge him to seek final resolution at the Colorado Supreme Court."

The Attorney General:

#Colorado must have statewide uniformity re gay marriage so we will act swiftly to prevent a legal patchwork quilt:

Colorado Democratic House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, an openly gay legislator:

"Today's ruling is another step towards legal same-sex marriage in Colorado," Speaker Ferrandino said. "It is time for Attorney General Suthers to stop blocking loving LGBTQ couples from being protected equally under the law."

Former Boulder County Clerk Clela Rorex, who issued the state's first marriage license to a same-sex couple in the 1970s.

'Oh my gosh.' Clela Rorex 'at loss for words on' #Boulder County same-sex marriage decision

The Colorado Catholic Conference:

Pueblo County Clerk Gilbert Ortiz:

Lady Wisdom is here to witness Marriage Equality. #pueblonews #copolitics