Jefferson County’s stance on issuing same-sex marriage licenses

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Jeffco Clerk and Recorder Pam Anderson issued a statement last week discussing her reasoning behind the office’s decision to not issue same-sex marriage licenses. Anderson stated that a binding legal decision for Jeffco to follow has not been issued and as clerk and recorder, she has taken an oath to uphold the laws of both the U.S. and the state constitution. She does support Boulder and Denver’s decision to issue same-sex marriage licenses pending final determination of the federal court in which the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on June 25 that the State of Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage was a violation of the U.S. Constitution. Anderson stated that although she will uphold the laws that Jeffco is tied to, she personally supports individual rights and marriage equality.