In denying Colorado Attorney General John Suthers's request that the court order Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall to stop issuing such licenses, Boulder County District Court Judge Andrew Hartman ruled, "As a procedural case, the Court has little choice but to deny the motion and issue further orders as detailed herein."
Hartman was tough on the state, ruling that it had failed to show any "irreparable harm" by issuing the licenses, a requirement for obtaining the temporary restraining order that Suthers's office was requesting.
"The State asserts that Clerk Hall is causing irreparable injury by issuing same-sex marriage licenses, namely, that she is causing 'legal chaos and confusion.' However, when pressed, the State does not identify specific irreparable harm, offering only speculation," Hartman wrote. "This is a fatal flaw to the extraordinary relief it seeks."
Judge Hartman did, however, order Hall to tell same-sex couples obtaining licenses that "the validity of their marriages is dependent upon whether a court would find that Clerk Hall had authority to allow same-sex marriages."
And, to make things even better, Denver County Clerk Debra Johnson announced just a few minutes ago that that county -- Colorado's largest -- will also begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples as well: