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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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Brennan Linsley, APMasterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips decorates a cake inside his store, in Lakewood, Colo. Phillips is appealing a recent ruling against him in a legal complaint filed with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission by a gay couple he refused to make a wedding cake for, based on his religious beliefs.

The clash over changing social mores: How a wedding cake became a cause

Saturday, April 5, 2014
The encounter at Jack Phillips' Masterpiece Cakeshop lasted less than a minute. Phillips stepped out from behind the counter in his small, pastry-crammed shop to meet customers Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins. They told him they wanted a cake to celebrate their own marriage... [ Read more → ]
Kristina Hill Photography
Original engagement photo of Brian Edwards and Tom Privitere.

Split decision in gay couple’s lawsuit over use of photo in anti-gay mailer

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
DENVER -- A federal judge has dismissed part of a lawsuit filed by a gay New Jersey couple whose engagement photo was used in campaign attack mailers in Colorado. [ Read more → ]
APGov. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.)

Colo. Gov. John Hickenlooper announces his support for marriage equality

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
DENVER -- Gov. John Hickenlooper has, for the first time publicly, announced his support for same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
OneColoradoHouse Speaker Mark Ferrandino, who is openly gay, addresses marriage equality adovcates at the Colorado state capitol in Denver on Mondya, March 3, 2014.

Gay rights advocates rally in Denver, say marriage equality is coming to Colorado

Monday, March 3, 2014
DENVER — Gay rights advocates promise that marriage equality is coming to Colorado, either through the courts or the ballot box. [ Read more → ]
Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.)

Colo. governor signs bill allowing joint tax-filing for married same-sex couples

Thursday, February 27, 2014
DENVER -- Colorado gay couples who are married in another state and in a civil union in Colorado can now file joint state tax returns. [ Read more → ]

Nine same-sex couples launch challenge to Colo. gay marriage ban

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
DENVER -- Several same-sex Colorado couples have filed suit in Denver challenging the state constitution's ban on gay marriage, saying it makes them second-class citizens. [ Read more → ]

Colo. House approves bill to allow joint tax filing for gay couples

Monday, February 17, 2014
DENVER -- Gay couples in Colorado who are married in another state and in a civil union here could file joint state tax returns under a measure headed to the governor's desk. [ Read more → ]
Don Quick

Colo. AG candidate: Gay marriage ban unconstitutional, shouldn’t be defended

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
DENVER -- The Democrats' candidate for Colorado attorney general says the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage violates the constitutional rights of same-sex couples and that the law shouldn't be defended. [ Read more → ]

Ten attorneys general file brief supporting Nev. same-sex marriage ban

Monday, February 3, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and top law officers from nine other states are fighting a lawsuit challenging Nevada's same-sex marriage ban, arguing no fundamental right to same-sex marriage exists. [ Read more → ]

Bill to allow married, same-sex couples to file joint taxes passes Colo. Senate

Thursday, January 23, 2014
DENVER -- A bill that would change the way some same-sex couples in Colorado file their taxes has passed the Senate despite Republican objections that the measure chips away at the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
Colorado state capitol in Denver.

Bill allowing gay couples to file joint tax returns clears first hurdle in Colo. senate

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
DENVER -- The Colorado state Senate of Tuesday gave initial approval to a bill that would allow same-sex couples married outsiode of Colorado to jointly file their state tax return. [ Read more → ]
Pat Steadman

Colo. lawmaker wants to allow joint state tax returns for married gay couples

Thursday, January 9, 2014
DENVER -- A Colorado lawmaker who sponsored the state's civil unions law, says he will introduce a bill this week aimed at allowing married same-sex couples to file joint state tax returns. [ Read more → ]
Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig picket the bakery that refused them service.

Colo. baker appeals ruling that he stop discriminating against same-sex couples

Monday, January 6, 2014
DENVER -- A conservative Christian organization has appealed a judge's ruling against a suburban Denver baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Air Force Academy: No legal basis to terminate former ex-gay therapist

Monday, December 23, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The U.S. Air Force Academy said Friday that the academy will not fire or transfer a research analyst who came under fire last month for his history of work with organizations that seek to change gays’ and lesbians’ sexual orientations. [ Read more → ]
Matt York, APGreg Lupfer

Colo. State coach suspended for calling Wash. State QB a ‘fucking faggot’

Monday, December 23, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Colorado State defensive line coach Greg Lupfer has been suspended without pay for two weeks for using a gay slur when yelling at Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday in the New Mexico Bowl last weekend. [ Read more → ]

Colo. baker says Jesus does not want him to bake cakes for gay couples

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
In a segment titled "The Death of Free Enterprise," Fox News' Elisabeth Hasselbeck speaks with Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple's wedding ceremony. [ Read more → ]

Judge orders Colo. bakery to offer wedding cakes for same-sex couples

Friday, December 6, 2013
DENVER -- A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs or face fines, a judge said Friday. [ Read more → ]
KREX-TVKatherine Svenson

Colo. school board member stands by her transphobic remarks

Friday, December 6, 2013
DENVER -- A Colorado school board member who said she has no regrets about saying transgender students should use their own locker rooms vowed to keep pushing for schools to ignore court rulings on the transgender issue. [ Read more → ]

Court hears discrimination case against bakery over wedding cake denial

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
DENVER -- A Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony should not be forced to violate his religious beliefs, his attorney told a judge deciding whether the cake-maker should be made to accommodate gay couples. [ Read more → ]
KREX-TVKatherine Svenson

School board member defends remarks that transgender kids should be castrated

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
DELTA, Colo. -- A Colorado school board member is standing by statements she made at a meeting last month in which she said transgender students should be castrated before being allowed to use restrooms that fit their gender identity. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Air Force Academy cadets: No anti-gay culture, issues with ‘ex-gay’ activist

Saturday, November 23, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS -- A group of openly gay U.S. Air Force Academy cadets said Friday they have had no negative interaction with, or objections to the continued employment of a former conversion therapy counselor and long-time proponent of the ex-gay movement. [ Read more → ]
Colorado College in Colorado Springs.

Colo. man says college’s use of the word ‘queer’ is offensive, should be illegal

Sunday, November 10, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A gay man says Colorado College's listing of "queer" as an option for the gender of job applicants is insulting and should be illegal. [ Read more → ]

Lesbian couple files lawsuit challenging Colo. same-sex marriage ban

Friday, November 1, 2013
BRIGHTON, Colo. -- A lesbian couple in Colorado has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Colo. campaign targets athletes, student leaders to promote inclusive culture

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Michelle Murphy likes to imagine a world in which Colorado’s high school cheerleaders and quarterbacks are the cure to bullying and hazing — not the cause... [ Read more → ]

Colo. transgender woman denied breast cancer screening

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
DENVER -- A transgender woman in Denver is suing Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and Women's Wellness Connection after she was denied a free breast cancer screening. [ Read more → ]
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