A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, according to Reuters.
U.S. District Judge Raymond Moore issued his opinion, but stayed the ruling until Aug. 25, so the case could be reviewed by a higher court.
The decision comes after Colorado’s Supreme Court ordered the Denver County clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Despite the ban, three county clerks in Colorado had been issuing the licenses after a U.S. appeals court in June ruled Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.
Colorado voters approved a referendum in 2006 that defined marriage in their state as a union between one man and one woman.
Same-sex marriage is now legal in 19 states and Washington, D.C.