CO Supreme Court orders end to Hall’s grandstanding, and more

By Max R. Weller

I’ve made it clear that I support same-sex marriage being legally recognized in all 50 states. In order for that to happen, litigation must work its way through the state and federal courts, as seems inevitable.

Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall talks to the media regarding her office continuing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall talks to the media regarding her office continuing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (Paul Aiken / Daily Camera)

I’ve also made it clear that  Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall’s dog and pony show of issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples before the matter is fully adjudicated serves no useful purpose. Now, the Colorado Supreme Court has agreed with Attorney General John Suthers; see the report in the Daily Camera (which bears a very misleading headline because most reporters are as ignorant as most citizens of how the judicial system operates). Quoting from it below:

The state Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, bringing an abrupt halt to gay marriages in the last Colorado county to allow them.

The order was issued in response to a filing by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers on Friday, asking the court to stop Hall from granting same-sex marriages.

Hall had issued more than 200 such marriage licenses since June 25.

The Supreme Court said it will take up the matter and ordered a stay on same-sex marriage licenses in Boulder County while the case is resolved. Both Suthers and Hall will now be asked to issue responses.

Continuing excerpt:

Suthers released a statement Tuesday praising the courts for creating uniformity across all Colorado clerks.

“The Colorado Supreme Court restored order to the state’s legal process by making it clear that all clerk and recorders should comply with existing state law,” Suthers said. “We are pleased that the focus may now return to the important constitutional issues posed by the same-sex marriage cases pending in Colorado and around the country.”

My online comment follows:

Can we hope that Hillary Hall will now try to focus on supervising the election process in a fair, competent, and transparent manner? It seems she has a lot of work to do in that regard . . .

Is anybody surprised by this story in the Washington Post? Read Inside Colorado’s flourishing, segregated black market for pot.

I think I’ll stick around Norlin Library for a couple more hours, and play chess online, since it’s unfit to be outside in my north Boulder neighborhood. I’m hoping the rain will stop before tonight, and I’ll be able to dry out my camping gear tomorrow. This is where I’d like to be, if only it were an option allowed in the People’s Republic of Boulder:

Screenshot from 2013-12-21 09:03:47

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