- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 24, 2014

A federal judge in Denver struck down Colorado’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage — but then issued an immediate stay of the ruling in order to give the state an opportunity to appeal.

That means gay marriage won’t yet go forth in the state.

Still, activists are looking at the ruling with optimism, saying it’s only a matter of time now before gays are given the go-ahead to marry, The Associated Press reported.

Legal minds say the ruling is just another step toward a Supreme Court showdown that will bring a settlement to the issue of gay marriage, once and for all.

The Denver ruling came from Judge Raymond P. Moore after six gay couples filed a request for an injunction on the state’s ban on July 1. Now, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has until Aug. 25 to file for a more permanent stay in Denver, or from the Supreme Court.

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