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Colorado Courthouse That Issued Gay Marriage Licenses in 1975 Gets Federal Recognition

A Colorado courthouse has been honoured by the US National Park Service for issuing marriage licenses to gay couples in 1975, reports NBC News.


Clela Rorex, a clerk at the Boulder County Courthouse, issued several marriage licenses to gay couples who asked for them – justifying the action as Colorado law simply defined marriage as between “any two persons” without any specific reference to gender.


Rorex was eventually stopped by Colorado’s attorney general J. D. MacFarlane, who then declared the marriages invalid.


The incident then created a nation-wide push to define marriage as between a man and a woman – laws which weren’t reformed federally until 2015.

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