Same-sex couple faces trespassing trial |

Same-sex couple faces trespassing trial

DENVER – A same-sex couple who refused to leave the Denver clerk and recorder’s office after they were denied a marriage license will go face trial for a charge of trespassing.

Kate Burns and Sheila Schroeder of Englewood pleaded not guilty Tuesday stemming from the Sept. 24 incident. A trial date was scheduled for Dec. 17.

Both refused to leave the clerk and recorder’s office, though it was closing.

The couple contended they should be entitled to all the federal benefits of a heterosexual married couple.

Colorado voters in November passed a ballot proposal banning gay marriage. They also rejected a proposal to give same-sex couples some of the same legal benefits as married spouses.

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