Judge Strikes Down Colo. Gay Marriage Ban

Meanwhile, Utah taking its appeal straight to Supreme Court

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 10, 2014 1:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – Yet another state's gay marriage ban went down yesterday, as Colorado District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree ruled that the state's ban violated the Constitution's equal protection clause. Colorado allows civil unions between gay couples, but Crabtree said they were discriminatory because they didn't give same-sex couples the same rights as opposite-sex ones, Vox reports. But there won't be any wedding bells yet, because the ruling is on hold pending appeal. Utah, meanwhile, is taking its appeal straight to the Supreme Court.

Two plaintiffs in a lawsuit to overturn Colordo's gay marriage ban, Cassie Rubald, left, and her partner, Rachel Catt, hold hands outside the federal courthouse in downtown Denver, July 1, 2014.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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