Pueblo County 'Reluctantly' Stops Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

The Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder says he is "reluctantly" ceasing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, effective as of 1 p.m. Monday.

"I believe that AG Suthers is on the wrong side of history and my office is reluctantly ceasing to issue licenses as of this afternoon," Gilbert Ortiz said in a tweet.

Attorney General John Suthers released a statement Monday afternoon saying: "We are gratified that Clerk Ortiz has recognized that he needs to be on the right side of the law. No matter one's views on the issue of same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court of Colorado has made clear that until it has had a chance to rule on the merits, clerks must enforce the state's laws, which are still in effect."

Last week, Denver County was ordered by the Colorado Supreme County to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples until a lawsuit related to the state's ban on gay marriage was resolved. Pueblo and Boulder counties were not included in the ruling.