Already a national historic landmark, the Boulder County Courthouse is poised to receive further recognition for its association with the first same-sex marriage licenses issued in Colorado and the civil rights struggle for LGBTQ people. Longmont's Clela Rorex will be on hand in Denver for a review of that proposition by the Colorado Historic Preservation Review Board on May 18. And that's appropriate, since she was the one who took the steps that ultimately gave the structure its greater historical significance. In March 1975, Rorex, now 74, issued the first of a half-dozen same-sex marriage licenses to gay couples, before she was quickly shut down by an opinion issued by then-Colorado Attorney General J. D. MacFarlane that state law implied a requirement that married couples, in fact, be heterosexual.
April 21 / Boulder County News