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 1 comment Comments 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) (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.