DENVER (AP) A Colorado judge has struck down the state's gay marriage ban, making him the 16th judge to invalidate a state's prohibition on same-sex marriages in the past year.
District Judge C. Scott Crabtree put his ruling on hold pending an appeal, but wrote that the provisions in Colorado law clearly violate the state and U.S. constitutions.
The decision came in two lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of Colorado's law, which was passed by voters in 2006.
The ruling will be appealed by Attorney General John Suthers, who said the issue will remain unsettled until the U.S. Supreme Court weighs in.
He and Gov. John Hickenlooper have already asked a federal court to freeze all state-level gay marriage litigation until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the legality of same-sex marriage ban.