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Local News: Colorado Springs, Denver

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, Iowa, Oregon lawmakers considering ‘conversion therapy’ bans

Monday, February 23, 2015
Daniel Tobias, Wikimedia
Three more states could soon join California, New Jersey and the District of Columbia in outlawing therapy that seeks to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBT youth. [...]

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Hundreds attend funeral for gay Latina teen killed by Denver police officers

Sunday, February 8, 2015
Laura Hernandez, center, is surrounded by family members at a gravesite service for her 17-year-old daughter, Jessica, in Westminster, Colo. on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015.
Hundreds of friends and relatives gathered Saturday to say goodbye to a 17-year-old lesbian teen shot to death by Denver police officers, recalling her big heart and gregarious spirit. [...]

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Funeral set for lesbian Latina teen shot to death by Denver police officers

Saturday, February 7, 2015
Jessica Hernandez
Friends and family are planning to gather on Saturday for the funeral of Jessica Hernandez, a 17-year-old gay Latina who was shot to death by Denver police officers. [...]

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Denver mayor cancels LGBT conference appearance after activists storm event

Friday, February 6, 2015
Activists at the Creating Change conference in Denver on Thursday protest the killing of queer Latina Jessie Hernandez last week by Denver police.
A group of nearly 100 activists stormed the stage Thursday evening at the “Creating Change” conference, demanding solidarity from LGBQ advocates, prompting Denver mayor Michael B. Hancock to cancel his planned address. [...]

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National LGBTQ Task Force conference examines religion, faith

Friday, February 6, 2015
Matthew Vines, who is one of the speakers at the annual meeting of the National LGBTQ Task Force taking place in Denver this week, talks about how debates over issues like gay marriage often pit champions of of change against Americans of faith, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in downtown Denver.
Debates over same-sex marriage often seem to pit champions of change against Americans of faith, but it’s possible to be both, say activists gathered in Denver for the annual “Creating Change” conference of the National LGBTQ Task Force. [...]

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Dispute over Bible cake with gay slurs raises charge of religious discrimination

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Bakery owner Marjorie Silva stands for a photo inside her own Azucar Bakery, in Denver. Silva is facing a discrimination complaint with Colorado’s Civil Rights Division because she refused to write hateful words about gays on a cake for a customer.
A dispute over a cake in Colorado raises a new question about gay rights and religious freedom: If bakers can be fined for refusing to serve married same-sex couples, can they also be punished for declining to make a cake with anti-gay statements? [...]

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Colo. won’t clarify civil unions law until Supreme Court issues marriage ruling

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Colorado state capitol in Denver.
Colorado won't address some legal questions about civil unions pending a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage. The state currently allows both same-sex marriage and civil unions. [...]

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Bakery gets discrimination complaint over refusal to write anti-gay messages on cake

Friday, January 16, 2015
Azuvar Bakery in Denver, Colo.
Denver’s Azucar Bakery is the target of a discrimination complaint after declining to decorate a wedding cake with anti-gay slurs. [...]

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Colorado church under fire for stopping woman’s funeral because she was gay

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Vanessa Collier
A "Dignity in Death" rally was held Tuesday for a Colorado woman whose funeral was abruptly cancelled by a Lakewood, Colo., church when a minister refused to allow a picture to be shown of the deceased woman proposing to her surviving wife. [...]

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Out Democrat Jared Polis elected to fourth term in U.S. House

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (R-Colo.)
DENVER -- Openly gay Democratic Rep. Jared Polis of Boulder has won a fourth term. He defeated Republican challenger George Leing in Colorado's 2nd Congressional District, which includes the University of Colorado and Colorado State University. [...]

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