Colorado gay marriage reaction from local and state leaders

· Jul. 11, 2014, 4:48 pm

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:

The Denver County Clerk:

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:

Susan Shepherd, Denver City Council, District 1:

Chris Nevitt: Denver City Council, District 7:

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 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.

The Colorado Catholic Conference:

As bishops representing the Catholic Church in Colorado we are sensitive to the pastoral needs of homosexual persons in our communities, families and churches.  At the same time, our role as Catholic bishops requires that we speak the truth with charity.  We affirm what our Church teaches – namely that we must treat our homosexual sisters and brothers with dignity and love, as we would all God’s children.
The decision issued by Judge Crabtree will likely be appealed and move forward through the courts.  Moving forward the Catholic Bishops of Colorado, working through the Colorado Catholic Conference, will work in partnership with those who seek to uphold Colorado’s Marriage Amendment. 

Pueblo County Clerk Gilbert Ortiz:

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