Judge Strikes Down Same-Sex Marriage Ban

same-sex marriage(CNN) — A state judge struck down Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriage on Wednesday, but the judge prevented gay and lesbian couples from immediately marrying by staying his decision.

The judge wrote that marriage bans violate due process and equal protection guarantees under the 14th Amendment.

He also ruled that same-sex marriages performed out-of-state should be recognized in Colorado.

The judge ordered his judgment stayed pending appeal to avoid instability and uncertainty.

He said the final chapter on the issue must be written in either Denver or Washington, D.C., and it will take time for a final resolution.

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