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Colorado Court Halts Denver Gay Marriages

Colorado's Supreme Court on Friday ordered the Denver County clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples while the state's ban against the unions remains in place.

The two-page ruling noted that a judge who ruled that the state's ban on same-sex unions was unconstitutional put his decision on hold pending appeal, meaning the definition of marriage approved by Colorado voters in 2006, as between one man and one woman, remains active.

Attorney General John Suthers praised the court's decision. "The message should be clear enough," he said in a statement Friday. "We assume that all the state's clerks will heed the Supreme Court's direction without requiring more wasteful litigation."

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