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

| Monday, September 22, 2014
Colorado
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
Scarlett Lenh
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
Colorado
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
Vito Marzano
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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Colo. Supreme Court stops same-sex marriages in Boulder County

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Boulder-CO
DENVER -- Boulder County must stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples while the Colorado Supreme Court considers an appeal from the state's attorney general, justices said in a ruling Tuesday. The court ruling was in response to an appeal from Republican Attorney General John Suthers, who has been trying for several weeks to get Boulder's clerk ...

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Colo. AG asks state’s high court to stop same-sex marriage licenses in Boulder

| Monday, July 28, 2014
Attorney General John Suthers (R-Colo.)
DENVER -- Colorado Attorney General John Suthers is trying again to stop Boulder's clerk from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Suthers filed a motion with the Colorado Supreme Court on Monday asking it to order clerk Hillary Hall to stop providing the licenses. Both the Colorado Court of Appeals and a state judge in Boulder have refused his ...

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Marriage News Watch: State lawyers ignore public support for marriage equality

| Monday, July 28, 2014
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The rules have changed yet again this week in Colorado, with new rulings on marriage from multiple courts. New polls show growing support for equality in western states, but multiple Attorneys General have filed new briefs to stop gay and lesbian couples from marrying. And another Republican member of Congress has come out in favor of the freedom to marry...

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Colo. appeals court refuses to stop Boulder’s same-sex marriage licenses

| Friday, July 25, 2014
Hillary Hall
DENVER -- The Colorado Court of Appeals has denied state Attorney General John Suthers' request to stop Boulder's clerk from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. The court issued its ruling Thursday evening, saying Suthers didn't establish the factors required to reverse a ruling that allowed clerk Hillary Hall to issue such licenses. The court did not...

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Federal judge strikes down Colo. gay marriage ban, orders temporary stay

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Colorado
DENVER -- A federal judge in Denver has declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, but he issued a temporary stay of the ruling to give the state a chance to appeal. Judge Raymond P. Moore's ruling Wednesday was in response to a lawsuit filed July 1 by six gay couples who asked the court for an injunction ordering that the state's ban no longer be enforced.

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