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Letter: Ortiz worthy of re-election?

Pueblo County Clerk Gilbert “Bo “Ortiz, The Pueblo Chieftain, July 23: “As the attorney general (John Suthers) has admitted, it is only a matter of time before marriage equality is validated by the Supreme Court of the United States.”

Suthers, The Chieftain July 23: “No matter one’s views on the issue of same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court of Colorado has made it clear that until it has had a chance to rule on the merits, clerks must enforce the state’s laws, which are still in effect.”

If the law was still in effect in Colorado, how could Ortiz legally begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses on July 12 after Utah ruled a ban on gay marriages unconstitutional? Ortiz is a county clerk in Pueblo, not Utah.

Sadly for the citizens of Pueblo County, the answer is Ortiz displayed an arrogance that can only be translated as an elevation of party affiliation, and personal opinion superseding Colorado state law, an arrogance Ortiz assumed would go unchallenged.

No matter your personal opinion of same-sex marriages, as a public servant, is Ortiz worthy of re-election in November?

I think not.

Gordon MacAlister

Pueblo West

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