Stay extended on ruling striking down Colo. gay marriage ban


A federal appeals court on Thursday extended its stay on last month’s ruling that found the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional.

The Federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals noted that courts have stayed similar rulings in other states. And just this week the U.S. Supreme Court stayed an similar ruling from Virginia.

Same-sex couples had sued hoping to take advantage of recent rulings to immediately invalidate Colorado's gay marriage ban. But the trial judge last month declined to let his decision striking down the ban go into effect.

This ruling makes it clear the federal courts will wait until the U.S. Supreme Court has had the final say. And those nine justices have not yet decided when or if they will hear the cases.

Another lawsuit against Colorado’s ban is before the state Supreme Court.