Earlier today, U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore ruled against Colorado’s constitutional amendment banning marriage equality. His ruling has been stayed until August 25 to allow the state time to appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, the same court which has already struck down bans on marriage equality in Utah and Oklahoma.
Moore’s ruling is particularly important for Colorado, where clerks in several counties began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after lower court rulings that deemed marriage bans unconstitutional. The Colorado Supreme Court last week ordered Denver County clerks to stop issuing the marriage licenses, however today the same court declined the state’s request to force the Boulder County clerk to stop issued licenses.
The state of Colorado has not yet indicated whether it plans to appeal Judge Moore’s decision.