Colorado won’t see gay marriage yet
DENVER – Gay marriage isn’t coming to Colorado yet.
A federal appeals court on Thursday extended a stay on a ruling from last month that found the state’s gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals noted that the court has stayed similar rulings in other states. The U.S. Supreme Court stayed an analogous ruling from Virginia this week.
Gay couples had sued hoping to take advantage of recent rulings to immediately invalidate Colorado’s gay-marriage ban. But the trial judge last month declined to let his decision striking down the ban go into effect. And Thursday’s ruling makes clear the federal courts will wait until the U.S. Supreme Court has final say.
Another lawsuit against the ban is before the Colorado Supreme Court.
Northern Colorado allows pets in dorms
GREELEY – It’s move-in day at the University of Northern Colorado, and this year some students are being allowed to bring their cats or dogs to live with them in dorms.
Pets less than 40 pounds are being allowed on two of the 17 floors of Lawrenson residence hall, home to about 400 students.
The pilot program beginning Thursday will include about 24 pets.
Dogs and cats that aren’t able to live side-by-side will be separated as needed.
While some colleges allow small-caged pets, a growing number of schools are letting undergraduate students bring other pets to live with them.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology allows cats in designated “cat-friendly” areas. Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, allows cats and dogs – as well as nonvenomous snakes less than 6 feet long.
N.M. woman tests negative for Ebola
ALBUQUERQUE – Health officials say test results show a New Mexico woman is not infected with the deadly Ebola virus.
The New Mexico Department of Health and University of New Mexico Hospital received the results from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday.
The unidentified woman returned earlier this month to New Mexico after teaching in Sierra Leone, one of several countries in West Africa with known cases of the virus.
The woman was admitted to the hospital in stable condition with a sore throat, headache, muscle aches and a fever. The flu-like symptoms can be initial signs of Ebola so the hospital and health department worked with the Centers for Disease Control to test for the virus.
Health officials say the woman didn’t have any known exposure to Ebola, but the tests were done out of an “abundance of caution.”