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    Letter From Clerk & Recorder on Same-Sex Marriage Licenses


    Jeffco to issue same-sex marriage licenses immediately

    October 7, 2014 – Marking a historic day for Jefferson County, the Clerk and Recorder’s Office is proud to start issuing same-sex marriage licenses immediately.

    This follows the U.S. Supreme Court move to let stand the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decision to overturn the Utah same-sex marriage ban. The state of Colorado falls under the 10th Circuit jurisdiction, therefore the Colorado constitutional ban on same-sex marriage has been deemed unconstitutional.

    "I believe strongly in individual rights, I personally support marriage equality and I am proud to be part of this historic day as the Clerk and Recorder for Jefferson County,” said Pam Anderson.

    A marriage license can be obtained in Jefferson County at the following five locations:

    Hours:  Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Jefferson County Administrative and Court Complex

    100 Jefferson County Parkway
    Second Floor, Suite 2560
    Golden, CO 80419

    Arvada Motor Vehicle
    6510 Wadsworth Blvd.
    Suite 320
    Arvada, CO 80003

    Evergreen Motor Vehicle
    4990 County Hwy 73
    Evergreen, CO 80439
    (Next to the Library)

    Lakewood Motor Vehicle
    2099 Wadsworth Blvd
    Lakewood, CO 80215

    South Jeffco Motor Vehicle
    11139 Bradford Road, #100
    Littleton, CO 80127


    October 6, 2014 -- In response to the United States Supreme Court and Colorado Attorney General, the Jefferson County Clerk and Recorders Office is prepared to start issuing same-sex marriage licenses once the legal formalities are complete. Please refer back to this site for updates or follow us on twitter @JeffCoClerk.

    "I am thrilled this will finally be adjudicated for the citizens of Colorado," said Pam Anderson, Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder. "I believe strongly in individual rights and I personally support marriage equality, and look forward to the day when that right is available to all."


    July 23, 2014  -- Today the United States District Court for Colorado ruled that the Colorado same sex marriage ban is unconstitutional and ordered a temporary stay on issuing same sex marriage licenses pending the state’s appeal to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. They have also stayed any further proceedings as the order stated,  "little would thus be served by requiring the parties to incur the costs and expenses of litigating to final proceedings in this case while trailing Kitchen.” (Kitchen is theUtah federal case awaiting action by the U.S. Supreme Court). I continue to look forward to what I believe is the approaching day when the issue of marriage equality is legally settled for Colorado citizens. 

    For more information regarding my position on the issue please see the following letter.

    Pam Anderson

    Clerk & Recorder


    July 18, 2014 -- The Colorado Supreme Court in its decision today has ruled narrowly regarding the issue of marriage licensing in Denver County and Adams County. Therefore the appeal will progress in its normal course. I look forward to the day when we have a final binding legal decision for Jefferson County to follow.

    For more information regarding my position on the issue please see the following letter.

    Pam Anderson

    Clerk & Recorder

    Letter from Pam Anderson, Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder regarding the status on issuing same-sex marriage licenses and the court actions regarding the Colorado Constitution ban on same sex marriages.

    Dear Jeffco Citizens,

    Some of you have contacted me regarding the news that they have been following regarding the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in Jefferson County and I wanted to respond.

    On June 25, 2014 the United States 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled (Kitchen v. Herbert, No. 13-4178) that the state of Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage was a violation of the United States Constitution under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses. This decision was stayed by the court pending petition to the United States Supreme Court.

    Colorado has a similar ban on same sex marriage in our state constitution that is being challenged as unconstitutional. In the last year or so, a case has been proceeding in Colorado (Brinkman et al. v. Long, et. al. No. 13CV32572) and over the last few days the Adams County Court also ruled the Colorado same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional and issued an immediate stay.

    Upon the 10th Circuit decision, the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder has issued same-sex marriage licenses and a Boulder court has ruled that she may continue issuing licenses pending the final determination of the federal court. Denver is also issuing these licenses. It is with great respect that I support them in their decision. However, I have come to a different conclusion regarding my authority to issue same sex licenses at this time.

    On July 1, 2014, a lawsuit was filed for a preliminary injunction by six Colorado citizens against the state and Jefferson County to require us to issue same-sex marriage licenses. It is not a surprising development to me that more parties have come forward in what is becoming an increasing complex legal environment that moves slowly for citizens for whom this issue is so vital.

    As the Clerk and Recorder, I have taken an oath to uphold the laws of both our United States and State Constitution. What makes this issue so challenging is that we are currently in the process of resolving potential conflicts between our state and federal constitutions. I look forward to the approaching day, when the courts finally adjudicate this issue for Colorado citizens; however, there has not yet been issued a binding legal decision for Jeffco to follow. I am monitoring closely all the court activity and am prepared to follow the final determination swiftly once it is settled.

    I have been asked what my position is on this issue. As an elected County Clerk my role is not to make law. My duty is to implement what the legislature passes, the voters choose at the ballot box, or the courts determine. My duty is legal and ministerial in this case. Therefore without clarity on the law Jefferson County will not yet issue same marriage licenses. However, as an elected official I recognize that my constituents wish to know where I stand. I believe strongly in individual rights and I personally support marriage equality, and look forward to the day when that right is available to all.


    Pam Anderson
    Clerk & Recorder

    Last Updated: 10-28-2014