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LGBT Rights in Colorado: A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was approved by 56% of Colorado voters in 2006. Civil Unions between same-sex couples are legal under a law that went into effect May 1, 2013. In Colorado, it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, housing, public accommodations, education and credit. The state's hate crimes law has provided protection based on both sexual orientation and gender identity or expression since 2001.

Current challenges to Colorado’s same-sex marriage ban: Brinkman v. Long, McDaniel-Miccio v. Hickenlooper.

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Colorado’s same-sex marriage ban heads to federal court

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The six couples who filed a federal lawsuit seeking to end the ban on same-sex marriages in Colorado hold a news conference in Denver on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
DENVER -- A Denver federal judge is set to hear arguments Tuesday from six gay couples seeking to overturn Colorado's same-sex marriage ban. The couples are asking for an injunction declaring the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, allowing clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Attorney General John Suthers isn't opposing the injunction...

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Pueblo County, Colo., ‘reluctantly’ stops issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Pueblo County Clerk Bo Ortiz talks about his decision to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Friday, July 11, 2014, at the county courthouse in Pueblo, Colo.
PUEBLO, Colo. -- Boulder County is the last remaining county in Colorado still issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after Pueblo County stopped issuing the licenses Monday afternoon. KUSA-TV reports that Pueblo County Clerk Gilbert Ortiz stopped issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Monday afternoon after receiving a cease and desist ...

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Colo. Supreme Court orders Denver to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses

| Friday, July 18, 2014
The Colorado Supreme Court in Denver.
DENVER -- Colorado's Supreme Court on Friday ordered Denver's clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples while while the state's ban against the unions remains in place. The two-page ruling noted that a judge who earlier this month ruled the ban was unconstitutional stayed his decision pending appeal, meaning the prohibition remains active.

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Colo. baker appeals order that he provide wedding cakes for gay couples

| Thursday, July 17, 2014
Jack Phillips
DENVER -- A Lakewood, Colo., baker is appealing the Colorado Civil Rights Commission's order that he prepare wedding cakes for same-sex couples. Jack Phillips on Wednesday asked the Court of Appeals to reverse the May ruling by the Civil Rights Commission. Phillips was sued by a same-sex couple after he refused to make a cake to celebrate their wedding in 2012.

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Federal judge considers separate Colorado same-sex marriage challenge

| Tuesday, July 15, 2014
DENVER -- A federal judge says he will decide by July 25 whether to order Colorado to immediately allow same-sex couples to marry. U.S. District Court Judge Raymond P. Moore is presiding over a lawsuit against the state's samesex marriage ban. There is no dispute that he will find that the ban is unconstitutional. The only disagreement is whether he should...

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Marriage News Watch: Calif. anniversary, waiting on Va. ruling, Colo. ban falls

| Monday, July 14, 2014
Noah Berger, APRainbow flags fly in front of San Francisco City Hall, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court decision that cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California.
This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) marks the one year anniversary of the return of marriage equality in California. It was in late June 2013 that the AFER’s case to overturn Proposition 8 finally concluded and equality was restored. Now, we’re awaiting a ruling in AFER’s Virginia case...

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Colorado AG asks state Supreme Court to stop same-sex marriages

| Monday, July 14, 2014
Attorney General John Suthers (R-Colo.)
DENVER -- Colorado's attorney general is asking the state Supreme Court to uphold Colorado's same-sex marriage ban and stop gay couples from marrying. Republican Attorney General John Suthers on Monday asked the court to stop county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to the couples until it rules on his appeal of a lower court's ruling that the...

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Colo. judge refuses to halt same-sex marriages in Denver

| Monday, July 14, 2014
Samantha Getman, right, and Victoria Quintana embrace as they receive their marriage license at the Denver Clerk's office on Thursday, July 10, 2014. They were the first couple to receive a marriage licence in Denver, after clerk Debra Johnson began issuing licenses to same sex couples.
DENVER — A judge on Monday refused to stop a Denver clerk from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex, despite a still-active ban against the practice. Colorado District Judge C. Scott Crabtree last week ruled that the state’s 2006 voter-approved gay marriage ban was unconstitutional. But he put that ruling on hold pending appeal, meaning the Colorado ban...

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Third Colo. county clerk issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

| Friday, July 11, 2014
Pueblo County Clerk Bo Ortiz talks about his decision to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Friday, July 11, 2014, at the county courthouse in Pueblo, Colo.
PUEBLO, Colo. -- A third Colorado county began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Friday even though the legal fight is far from resolved in the state. Pueblo County joined Denver and Boulder County in allowing gay couples to marry a day after a state judge ruled the Boulder clerk can continue issuing the licenses.

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First same-sex couples begin marrying in Denver despite gay marriage ban

| Thursday, July 10, 2014
DENVER -- Same-sex couples can keep getting married in Colorado, even though the state's gay marriage ban is still in effect, a judge ruled Thursday. The decision added to the national confusion over same-sex marriage, as the judge said a county clerk can continue giving marriage licenses to gay couples despite what the state's attorney general calls ...

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