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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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More healthcare choices for transgender Colorado residents

Saturday, September 28, 2013
DENVER -- LGBT activists are cheering the announcement that another health insurance plan will offer services for transgender Colorado residents. [ Read more → ]
Tilo Sandoval

UPDATE: Suspect in alleged hate crime against Denver gay man turns himself in

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Denver Police said via Twitter just before 6 p.m. Tuesday evening that Tilo Sandoval, identified as the suspect in last week's brutal beating of a gay man, had turned himself in to police. [ Read more → ]
Jared Olson before and after he was badly beaten on Sept. 2.

Denver man needs reconstructive surgery following alleged anti-gay attack

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
DENVER -- Police in Denver are investigating an assault on a gay man over the holiday weekend in what the victim said was an anti-gay hate crime. [ Read more → ]
Kevin Swanson (left) and Dave Buehner.

Colo. pastors: Boy Scouts will soon have a ‘sodomy merit badge’

Monday, August 19, 2013
Christian Right talk show hosts Kevin Swanson and Dave Buehner, who compared the decision allow openly gay Boy Scouts members to inviting serial killers to teach preschool, told Generations Radio listeners Friday that the youth organization is “finding the very worst [sins] and creating merit badges for them.” [ Read more → ]

Colorado State Patrol must pay $768,000 in anti-gay discrimination complaint

Monday, August 19, 2013
DENVER -- The Colorado State Patrol must pay more than $768,000 to a former patrol captain who was denied re-employment after the agency learned he was gay. [ Read more → ]
Brennan Linsley, AP (File)Jeremy Mathis (right) with his daughter Coy.

Father of Colo. transgender child to lead ballot initiative for marriage equality

Friday, August 9, 2013
The father of a 6-year-old Colorado transgender student who earlier this year won a landmark civil rights case regarding public accommodations, plans to submit a draft of a petition on Aug. 19 to collect signatures asking voters in 2014 to approve same-sex marriage in Colorado. [ Read more → ]

Colo. won’t allow gay marriage, but grants same-sex couple a divorce

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
DENVER — Colorado's first recognized same-sex divorce is final. Supporters of Colorado's new civil unions law say the court ruling sets a precedent for gay couples married in other states who want to legally terminate their relationships here without uprooting their lives. [ Read more → ]
Kevin Swanson (left) and Dave Buehner.

Colo. pastor links gay kiss, women wearing hats to God’s wrath through forest fires

Saturday, June 29, 2013
Last week on Generations Radio, Colorado pastors Kevin Swanson and Dave Buehner addressed the forest fires hitting their state. They wondered why God was punishing Colorado with the fires, and specifically targeting the heavily conservative city of Colorado Springs. [ Read more → ]
Coy Mathis

Ruling in Colo. civil rights case favors transgender 6-year-old

Sunday, June 23, 2013
DENVER -- The Colorado Civil Rights Division has ruled in favor of a transgender 6-year-old child who was barred from using the girls' bathroom at Eagleside Elementary School in Fountain. [ Read more → ]
Brennan Linsley, APDave Mullins (right) with his husband Charlie Craig.

Gay couple pursuing discrimination complaint against Colo. bakery

Thursday, June 6, 2013
DENVER -- A gay couple is pursuing a discrimination complaint against a Colorado bakery, saying the business refused them a wedding cake to honor their ceremony and alleging that the owners have a history of turning away same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]

Colorado leaders move on same-sex marriage, even before civil unions begin

Thursday, May 2, 2013
DENVER -- With only a few hours between the past and the future of relationship recognition for Colorado’s same-sex couples, leaders of the state’s LGBT and allied community seized the present and made their strongest and most public case for marriage equality. [ Read more → ]

New chapter for Colorado families begins as civil unions law takes effect

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
DENVER -- A new chapter for Colorado families began today at 12:01 a.m. when hard-fought legislation for civil unions took effect, allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions for the first time. [ Read more → ]
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper gives a thumbs after signing the Civil Unions Act into law on March 21, 2013.Evan Semon, Out Front Colorado

Colo. civil union ceremonies begin after midnight when new law takes effect

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
DENVER -- Gay and lesbian couples are expected to line up in Denver and Boulder as civil unions in Colorado become legal just after midnight. [ Read more → ]

SPLC moves to add pro-gun groups to ongoing lawsuit over anti-gay mailings

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Two pro-gun groups conspired with an anti-gay hate group to create political mailers that used a gay couple’s copyrighted engagement photo to attack candidates in the 2012 Colorado Republican primaries, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). [ Read more → ]

Colorado likely to abandon discrimination crime due to civil unions law

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
DENVER — An unenforced discrimination crime in Colorado is likely coming off the books under a bipartisan agreement inspired by a civil unions bill. [ Read more → ]

Colorado governor signs same-sex civil unions bill into law

Thursday, March 21, 2013
DENVER — A bill that would legalize civil unions for gay couples in Colorado was signed into law on Thursday, less than a year after the proposal was blocked in the House by Republicans who opposed it. [ Read more → ]
Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.)

Colorado governor to sign same-sex civil unions bill into law Thursday

Thursday, March 21, 2013
DENVER — Civil unions for gay couples in Colorado will be signed into law Thursday, less than a year after the proposal was blocked in the House by Republicans who opposed it. [ Read more → ]
Coy Mathis

School district responds to complaint from parents of transgender girl

Monday, March 18, 2013
FOUNTAIN, Colo. -- A Colorado school district has filed a response to a discrimination complaint filed by parents of a transgender girl who has been denied access to the girls' restroom at her elementary school. [ Read more → ]

LGBT advocacy groups hail passage of Colorado civil unions bill

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
WASHINGTON -- LGBT advocacy groups on Tuesday commended the Colorado General Assembly for passing the Colorado Civil Union Act, which provides gay and straight couples the legal benefits, protections, and responsibilities that are granted to married spouses under Colorado state law. [ Read more → ]

Civil unions bill clears Colorado Legislature, heads to Governor

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
DENVER -- A measure allowing civil unions for gay couples has cleared the Colorado Legislature and is headed to the governor's desk, where it's expected to be signed. [ Read more → ]

Civil unions getting final vote in Colorado on Tuesday

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
DENVER -- Marking a big political shift, civil unions for gay couples are expected to get final approval from Colorado lawmakers Tuesday - seven years after state voters chose to ban same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Colorado civil unions bill clears first vote in state House

Monday, March 11, 2013
DENVER -- In a historic first, the Colorado’s House of Representatives gave its initial OK to a bill that would establish relationship recognition for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
Coy MathisAP

School district rejects mediation in complaint filed on behalf transgender girl

Sunday, March 10, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A Colorado school district is refusing to agree to mediation with the family of a transgender girl who wants to return to school. [ Read more → ]

After three years of waiting, Colorado House poised to debate civil unions bill

Sunday, March 10, 2013
It is the moment Colorado’s LGBT and allied community has been waiting for. Colorado’s House of Representatives will, for the first time, debate a piece of legislation Monday that when passed will create a state recognized relationship status for same-sex couples here. [ Read more → ]

Colorado civil unions bill holds promise for Fort Collins couple

Sunday, March 10, 2013
Tim Sagen and Ken Hoole woke up together May 8, 2012, in the bed they've shared for more than four decades expecting that Colorado would stand on the doorstep of legally recognizing their love before they slept again. Instead, legislation to legally recognize civil unions between gay couples stalled.... [ Read more → ]
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