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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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Gay marriage supporters in Colorado celebrate in rally at 10th Circuit court

Thursday, October 9, 2014
The first same sex couple married in Denver after the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling of earlier this week, Vicky Pierce, left, and Nikki Holmlund, right, hold their 5-year-old daughter, Audrey Holmlund-Pierce during a rally staged by Why Marriage Matters Colorado on the steps of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014.
DENVER -- Supporters of same-sex marriage in Colorado are celebrating their legal victory but also trying to help advance their cause elsewhere. Gov. John Hickenlooper and others, including software entrepreneur Tim Gill and representatives of the ACLU and NAACP, rallied Wednesday at the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Marriage equality now the law of the land throughout the state of Colorado

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
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DENVER -- Same-sex marriage officially became legal throughout Colorado on Tuesday but, with such unions now on firm legal ground, there was no rush of couples to tie the knot. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers ordered clerks in all of the state's 64 counties to issue marriage licenses to gay couples after the Colorado Supreme Court lifted previous orders

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Boulder, Denver counties resume issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
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DENVER -- Boulder and Denver counties are joining other Colorado counties in issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Clerks there announced Tuesday they are now issuing the licenses after the Colorado Supreme Court lifted previous orders against them.

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Pueblo County, Colo., clerk resumes issuing same-sex marriage licenses

Monday, October 6, 2014
Pueblo County Clerk Bo Ortiz.
DENVER -- Colorado's Pueblo County is now issuing marriage licenses to gay couples after the U.S. Supreme Court turned away appeals on the question of same-sex wedding bans.

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Colorado AG to expedite motions to lift stays, allow same-sex couples to marry

Monday, October 6, 2014
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DENVER -- Colorado's attorney general says gay couples will soon be able to wed in the state once legal formalities are cleared after the U.S. Supreme Court turned away appeals on the question of same-sex marriage bans.

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Tenth Circuit puts federal challenge to Colo. gay marriage ban on hold

Monday, September 22, 2014
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DENVER -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit says it will put a federal lawsuit challenging Colorado's same-sex marriage ban on hold pending action by the U.S. Supreme Court. The decision comes in the appeal of a challenge filed in July on behalf of six same-sex couples.

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Transgender girl crowned homecoming princess at Colo. high school

Saturday, September 13, 2014
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- A transgender student was crowned homecoming princess at a Colorado Springs, Colorado, high school. The Gazette of Colorado Springs reported Saturday that Scarlett Lenh received the majority of the votes from her junior class at Sand Creek High School, besting three other girls for the honor.

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Appeals court extends stay of Colo. same-sex marriage ruling

Thursday, August 21, 2014
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DENVER -- Same-sex 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 ...

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State regulators say Denver gay bar discriminated against man in drag

Monday, August 4, 2014
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DENVER -- Colorado regulators say a Denver gay bar discriminated against a man when a bouncer denied him entry last year because he was dressed in drag. The civil rights division of the state's Department of Regulatory Agencies has ordered the Denver Wrangler to resolve the dispute with Vito Marzano, a gay man who was wearing a dress and wig...

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Marriage News Watch: Virginia win impacts neighbor states

Monday, August 4, 2014
Marriage equality supporters and opponents gather outside the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.
This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) recaps the Fourth Circuit decision that upheld a ruling that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, and the immediate fallout in several nearby states under that Circuit Court's jurisdiction.

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