Jul 11, 2014 8:45 PM by Kelsey Kennedy

El Paso County Clerk and Recorder NOT Issuing Same Sex Marriage Licenses

The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's office is not issuing same sex marriage licenses right now, because they say it's still illegal in the state of Colorado.

Public Information Officer for the Clerk and Recorder's Office, Ryan Parcell, explained two different rulings that happened this week on the same sex marriage issue. He says while a judge ruled the ban on same sex marriage is unconstitutional, he also put his ruling on hold to allow for the appeal process.

The Attorney General plans to appeal to the Supreme Court. Until the legal aspect of the issue is resolved, the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office plans to uphold the current law.

"When it's the law of the land, we will uphold it, and we will administer it, that's our duty," Parcell says. "Anything short of that, if it's one second before it's the law of the land, we're not going to enforce it. That's not our role."

He says despite the ruling allowing the Boulder County Clerk to continue issuing same sex marriage licenses, it is still illegal here in Colorado.

You'll only be able to get a same sex marriage license in El Paso County if and when the State Constitution is amended.



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