A Colorado judge has struck down the state’s gay marriage ban, making him the 16th judge to invalidate a state’s prohibition on same-sex marriages in the past year. District Judge C. Scott Crabtree put his ruling on hold pending an appeal, but wrote that the provisions in Colorado law clearly violate the state and U.S. constitutions. Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit struck down a similar marriage ban out of Utah. The Tenth Circuit decision is binding upon all states within its jurisdiction, including Colorado. However, the Tenth Circuit issued a stay of its decision, pending an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. There are over 70 court cases challenging discriminatory marriage bans across the country in 30 of the 31 states where such a ban exists, plus Puerto Rico.