DENVER (Reuters) – Colorado’s Supreme Court ordered the Denver County clerk on Friday to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples pending the resolution of an appeal by the state’s attorney general.
The court ruling did not cover clerks in two other counties, Boulder and Pueblo, who have also been giving the permits to gay couples who they say have waited long enough.
Denver County Clerk Debra Johnson began handing out licenses to gay couples on July 10, hours after a state judge backed the clerk in Boulder, Hillary Hall, who has issued more than 150 of them since late June.
“Disappointed, but respect ruling,” Johnson said on Twitter.
Earlier on Friday, she said she congratulated two men who had become Denver’s 100th same-sex couple to be issued a marriage license.
Hall began giving out permits after a U.S. federal appeals court ruling on June 25 that found in favor of gay marriage in conservative neighboring Utah.