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After landmark ruling, Colorado county begins issuing gay marriage licenses

BOULDER, Colorado -- The Boulder County Clerk's Office issued a press release Wednesday stating that it has begun issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples.

The licenses will be issued at the Boulder office at 1750 33rd Street until 4:30 pm Colorado time, and in the Lafayette and Longmont offices starting Friday, June 27.

This comes hours after a decision by a three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. The court ruled that states must allow gay couples to marry, finding the Constitution protects same-sex relationships.

The court's decision upheld a lower-court ruling that struck down Utah's gay marriage ban. It becomes law in the six states covered by the 10th Circuit: Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming. But the panel immediately put the ruling on hold pending an appeal.

However, the Colorado Attorney General's Office said the licenses will be invalid. A spokesperson for Republican Attorney General John Suthers says the state's Constitutional ban on same sex marriage remains in effect.

Source: 9News and Associated Press