“It was the first time I met openly gay people.”

In late June 2014, county clerks in Colorado challenged a ban on same-sex marriage by issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. The state attorney general has ordered them to stop, and the case has reached the Colorado Supreme Court.

But few know that this is history repeating itself.

Back in 1975, Clela Rorex was the newly-elected County Clerk in Boulder when she began issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples.

At StoryCorps, Clela (R) told her friend, Sue Larson (L), that it started one day when two men came to her office door.

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On the day this story was broadcast, the Colorado Supreme Court ordered County Clerks in the state to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Recorded in Boulder, Colorado
Music Info: "Naruto and the End of the Broken Ear" by Fredrik from the album Flora

Clela is also included in a documentary about one of the couples she granted a marriage license to in 1975. Click here for more information.
Produced by Jud Esty-Kendall
Facilitated by Daniel Sitts
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