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Gay couple tries to get marriage license in El Paso County

Gay couple tries to get marriage license in El Paso County

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office maintains it won't issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but one couple still tested the waters.

Jack and Devin Danielsen walked into a Colorado Springs DMV office Friday afternoon, the same day Pueblo County started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

"We'd like to get married here," Jack told KRDO NewsChannel 13.  "We met in 2009. It was actually one of those love at first sight situations, as sappy as it sounds."

A DMV employee handed Jack and Devin a marriage license application.  The couple sat down in the office and promptly filled out the form.  But when they went back to the front desk to turn it in, they were turned away.  

"I thought they were actually going to do the right thing and issue this license and get in line with all the other cities that are practicing equality," said Jack. "But they chose not to.

"She told me that I could go to Pueblo County or Boulder County. We should be able to do this here. This is our home."

A spokesperson for the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office said the county plans to uphold the law.  

"As long as it's still technically illegal for same-sex couples to get married, we in El Paso County won't be issuing any sort of marriage licenses," said Ryan Parsell with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

Colorado's 2006 gay marriage ban remains on the books.  But District Court Judge Andrew Hartman said it is "hanging on by a thread" following rulings by another state court and the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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