No Same-Sex Marriage Licenses For El Paso County

El Paso County Clerk and Recorder

MGN Online

The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office has said it's still illegal to issue same-sex marriage licenses, but that didn't stop one Colorado Springs couple from trying their luck.

Jack and Devin Danielsen have been together for nearly seven years, and got a civil union in 2010.

"It was actually one of those 'love at first sight' situations, as sappy as it sounds," said Jack.

When the two heard a U.S. District Court judge ruled that Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, they were ecstatic.

Although Pueblo County is the only county in Southern Colorado to recognize that decision, the two stopped by the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office on Friday.

They were given an application but that's as far as it would go.

11 News went along with the couple while they tried to make their union legal.

"You can go to Boulder County, Denver County or Pueblo County," said a clerk's employee when the couple went to turn in their application.

"Is there a reason why El Paso County won't do this?" Jack asked.

"Right now El Paso County is following the Colorado Constitution," she said.

"Okay, so you absolutely will not issue me a license here," Jack asked.

"I cannot sir, no," she said.

11 News talked to the couple after they were denied.

"It disappoints us that the city doesn't realize how many gay couple there are here that want to be committed," Jack said.

"In our view, the law isn't settled yet, the judge's ruling isn't in force, so it's still a constitutional provision that keeps us from issuing those licences," said Ryan Parsell with the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office.

Parsell tells 11 News that the county won't start issuing same-sex marriage licenses until the law is officially changed.


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