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Judge: Gay couples can keep marrying in Colorado

BY NICHOLAS RICCARDI
ASSOCIATED PRESS

DENVER -- Gay couples can keep getting married in Colorado, even though the state's gay marriage ban is still in effect, a judge ruled Thursday.

The decision added to the national confusion over same-sex marriage, as the judge said a county clerk can continue giving marriage licenses to gay couples despite what the state's attorney general calls "legal chaos" as the issue makes its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

An hour after the ruling, Denver's clerk said she would join her counterpart in the liberal college town of Boulder in providing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Pueblo County's clerk said he will begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses Friday morning.

Couples began trickling into Denver City Hall to tie the knot Thursday afternoon.

Anna and Fran Simon rushed to city hall with their 7-year-old son, Jeremy, to wed. "We feel like this marriage license is valid, and that's how were going to act," said Fran Simon, 45.

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