Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder Gilbert Ortiz on Monday announced he would stop issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

“I believe that [Colorado Attorney General John] Suthers is on the wrong side of history and my office is reluctantly ceasing to issue licenses as of this afternoon,” Ortiz said in a tweet.

Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall began issuing the licenses after the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver upheld a lower court's ruling striking down Utah's constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual unions.

The Tenth Circuit's jurisdiction includes Colorado, and Hall cited the ruling in explaining her actions.

Denver County Clerk Debra Johnson and Pueblo County Clerk Gilbert Ortiz followed suit after a judge ruled that Hall can continue issuing the licenses. District Court Judge Andrew Haman, however, said the validity of the licenses remains in question.

On Friday, the Colorado Supreme Court ordered Denver and Adams (which is not issuing such licenses) counties to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

Suthers said it was his hope that Ortiz and Hall would voluntarily comply.

On Monday, he applauded Ortiz's decision.

“We are gratified that Clerk Ortiz has recognized that he needs to be on the right side of the law,” Suthers said. “No matter one's views on the issue of same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court of Colorado has made 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.”