A federal judge on Wednesday said Colorado’s constitutional marriage amendment — approved by voters in 2006 — violates the U.S. Constitution. U.S. District Court Judge Raymond Moore put the ruling on hold until Aug. 25 pending an appeal.
The District of Columbia and 19 states have redefined marriage either by court order or legislation. God’s timeless design for the institution, however, has not changed, said Debbie Chaves, president of Colorado Family Action.
“Just because marriage is being devalued in society — the courts, the arts and media — it does not mean it is any less important to the framework of society,” she told CitizenLink. “God still intends for one man and one woman to join together in a marriage bond that allows for procreation, fidelity, selflessness and a healthy future.”
Six couples filed suit against Colorado’s marriage law earlier this month.
Legal analysts continue to point out the “chaos” that has ensued, in some states, as a result of court decisions on the matter. In fact, Colorado is among the states where some county clerks have begun issuing licenses to same-sex couples — before the final ruling on the matter.
A Boulder county clerk took it upon herself to begin issuing licenses in June. This was the same day a federal judge struck down Utah’s marriage law. Clerks in Denver and Pueblo counties began issuing licenses earlier this month.
Last week, in a different set of cases, the Colorado Supreme Court ordered Denver and Adams counties to stop issuing licenses to same-sex couples as part of ongoing state court marriage litigation in those counties.
On Wednesday, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers asked the Colorado Court of Appeals to require the Boulder clerk to stop issuing the licenses.
“The marriage licenses issued by a few lawless county clerks to same-sex couples are null-and-void,” said Focus on the Family Judicial Analyst Bruce Hausknecht. “They have only served to stir up publicity, while public confidence in such elected officials and in the rule of law suffers.”
Whatever the outcome, Chaves said, we need to lift up the issue in prayer.
“It is important that we continue to pray for God’s design for marriage to be restored to the place of honor it deserves,” she explained. “Pray for people to be moved to set aside individual, self-serving desires and focus once again on the blessing of God’s design for marriage and the stable future that design provides for families and society.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Learn more about Colorado Family Action.
Read the complaint challenging the Colorado marriage amendment, Burns v. Hickenlooper.