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Colorado AG orders all county clerks to issue gay marriage licenses

(Editor's note: The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up gay-marriage cases that included the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. The Tenth Circuit had struck down Utah's ban on gay marriage, and the ruling will now stand. But the Tenth's ruling also applies to all the other states in its jurisdiction, including Colorado. So here's what is happening today in Colorado.)

DENVER, Colorado -- The state's Attorney General John Suthers on Monday said all 64 county clerks must begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear all appeals on gay marriage bans.

A same-sex couple in Pueblo County received the first license within hours — apparently the first gay marriage in Colorado after the high court's action.

Clerks in Boulder and Denver said they were awaiting final clearance. Once the legal formalities are finalized, same-sex marriage will be legal throughout Colorado.

Suthers said it is important that county clerks wait until all the legal formalities are taken care of before they begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Jumping the gun could create more confusion and uncertainty for couples who receive licenses before same-sex marriage becomes legal, he said.

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