State Judge Strikes Down Colorado's Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

    The judge issued a stay on his ruling, so marriages will not be able to take place under the ruling immediately.

    A Colorado judge ruled Wednesday the state's ban on marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional.

    In his ruling, Adams County District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree said the state's prohibition of marriage for same-sex couples violates due process and equal protection guarantees under the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

    Crabtree put his ruling on hold, pending an appeal in the case, meaning same-sex couples cannot yet be married following the order.

    The case, brought by Rebecca Brinkman and Margaret Burd, was filed back and October 2013 and was heard along with a second state court case, brought by several couples, that was filed earlier this year.

    The ruling is unrelated to a federal case filed last week or a state court challenge filed by Colorado's attorney general this week challenging the authority of the Boulder County clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

    The judge's order: