Couples Challenge Gay Marriage Ban

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A Denver federal judge is hearing arguments from lawyers for six gay couples seeking to overturn Colorado's same-sex marriage ban.

The couples are asking for an injunction declaring the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, allowing clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Attorney General John Suthers isn't opposing the injunction. But if Judge Raymond P. Moore blocks the law, Suthers is asking that the ruling be put on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court settles the issue.

At the outset, Moore pointed out that Utah's gay marriage ban is still in effect even though a Denver-based federal appeals court has ruled against it. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals put its decision on hold while it's appealed to the Supreme Court.