Clela Rorex Planted the Flag for Same-Sex Marriage in Boulder Forty Years Ago

On June 25, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Utah's gay-marriage ban, setting a precedent for states in its jurisdiction, including Colorado, where voters had adopted a ban on same-sex marriages in 2006. Hours later, Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall began issuing same-sex marriage licenses. For weeks, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers threatened Hall with legal action for violating state law. Her office warded him off in court and issued over 200 licenses before the Colorado Supreme Court finally announced on July 29 that it would consider Suthers's arguments in late 2014 -- and ordered Hall to stop issuing licenses in the meantime. Meanwhile, the Utah case has been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

This summer, Clela Rorex has been watching history repeat itself. Thirty-nine years ago, she was not just the first Boulder county clerk to issue same-sex marriage licenses, but the first clerk to do so anywhere in the country.

See also: A Same-Sex Marriage Plaintiff's Open Letter to John Suthers

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Stephen Polk, UCD lecturer, on anarchy, Occupy and the failure of democracy

Categories: Politics, Q&As

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This week's cover story, "Free for All," talks about living off the grid and anarchism in the radical community -- topics of great interest to Stephen Polk, who not only lectures on political science, ecological crisis and the Occupy Wall Street movement at University of Colorado Denver, but has over a decade of experience living in alternative communities and organizing anti-war protests.

We dig into all of these subjects in the following wide-ranging Q&A.

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Byers junior high to go from unofficial dog park to DSST charter school

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Empty since its closure in 2004, the fate of the former Byers junior high school has perplexed residents of Denver school district 7.

The school, named after William Byers, founder of the similarly defunct Rocky Mountain News reportedly required costly repairs before it could reopen; in the meantime, locals took to using the abandoned grounds as a kind of speakeasy dog park, complete with extra plastic bags for pickup and water bowls for thirsty puppies.

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New Year's Eve: What the town's cultural tastemakers are doing tonight

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This past year has been tough for many people, and we're eager to kiss 2012 goodbye. In hopes that 2013 will turn out to be much luckier for many, we invited some of the town's cultural tastemakers -- entrepreneurs and entertainers we're lucky to have in Denver -- to answer a trio of questions.

We've been publishing their interviews on Show and Tell, our arts and culture blog, but wanted to share their plans for New Year's Eve here....

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Gary Johnson wants to "shout from the rooftops" that Colorado can change the world

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Gary Johnson.
Election day is rapidly approaching and it couldn't be clearer in Colorado where residents are bombarded with nonstop ads and weekly traffic jams due to Obama and Romney rallies. But those two aren't the only presidential candidates showing the state some love. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian pick, stopped here Friday -- and shared with us his predictions for November 6 and his hopes for the state's marijuana amendment.

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Legislative maps: Commission's Mario Carrera on new boundaries, need for unaffiliated voices

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Denver's Senate map.
A final vote from the Colorado Reapportionment Commission yesterday announced a consensus on the state's first new legislative maps in the past ten years. The commission is led by its sole politically independent member, Entravision CEO Mario Carrera -- and he's got some ideas about how to make the process work better.

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Steve Hogan: an Aurora mayoral candidate Q&A

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Aurora mayor Ed Tauer's eight-year, term-limited reign will come to an end later this year, and the race is on to replace him, with a vote coming up on November 1.

Six candidates filed to run, all with different backgrounds and different takes on what they believe is important to Aurora residents.

Westword sent questionnaires to all six candidates. Today, meet Steve Hogan.

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Debbie Stafford: an Aurora mayoral candidate Q&A

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Debbie Stafford
Aurora Mayor Ed Tauer's eight-year, term-limited reign will come to an end later this year, and the race is on to replace him, with a vote coming up on November 1. So far, six candidates have filed to run (the deadline is August 23), all with different backgrounds and different takes on what they believe is important to Aurora residents.

Westword sent questionnaires to all six candidates and has received answers from four.

Today: Debbie Stafford.

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Team Edward or Team Jacob for Colorado Governor?: Kenny Be's Worst-Case Scenario

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Colorado gubernatorial candidates John Hickenlooper (above, left) and Tom Tancredo (above, right) answer a Twilight quiz to help fans of the novel and film series elect a governor based on whether he would play on Team Edward, or Team Jacob...

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Mike Fallon, Republican candidate in District 1, takes on Diana DeGette, seeks cure for Congress

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It's the middle of the afternoon and Mike Fallon is at Pint's Pub. The Republican candidate for Colorado's 1st Congressional District wasn't driven to the bottle by the rigors of campaigning, however.

Rather, he's holding the first in a series of town-hall meetings that will take place at bars and coffee shops around Denver.

Still, one could sympathize with Fallon if he did need a drink. He's running in a district that hasn't elected a Republican since 1970.

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