AG candidates differ on gay marriage approach

Colorado will pick a new attorney general for the first time in 10 years — and nothing shows the distinction between the candidates like the legal journey of gay marriage here.

Former Adams County District Attorney Don Quick, a Democrat, has spent months criticizing how the issue was handled by the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. His Republican opponent, Cynthia Coffman, is chief deputy there.

Quick’s stance is that current Republican Attorney General John Suthers should have stopped defending the state’s 2006 voter-approved gay marriage ban after several courts nationwide ruled such laws were unconstitutional.

But Suthers maintained throughout the legal battles that, until the U.S. Supreme Court issued guidance on the matter, it was his duty to defend Colorado’s law.

Coffman said she would have handled the matter as Suthers did.

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