DENVER,Colo. A judge in Colorado has struck down the state's gay marriage ban.
District court judge c. Scott Crabtree on Wednesday ruled the 2006 voter-approved ban violates the state and federal constitutions.
He immediately put his ruling on hold pending an appeal.
Crabtree is the 16th judge to void a state's gay marriage ban since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that the federal government has to recognize gay marriages in the states.
The ruling will be appealed by attorney general John Suthers, who said the issue will remain unsettled until the U.S. Supreme Court weighs in.
He and Gov. John Hickenlooper have already asked a federal court to freeze all state-level gay marriage litigation until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the legality of same-sex marriage ban.
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