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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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Colorado AG asks state Supreme Court to stop same-sex marriages

| Monday, July 14, 2014
Attorney General John Suthers (R-Colo.)
DENVER -- Colorado's attorney general is asking the state Supreme Court to uphold Colorado's same-sex marriage ban and stop gay couples from marrying. Republican Attorney General John Suthers on Monday asked the court to stop county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to the couples until it rules on his appeal of a lower court's ruling that the...

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Colo. judge refuses to halt same-sex marriages in Denver

| Monday, July 14, 2014
Samantha Getman, right, and Victoria Quintana embrace as they receive their marriage license at the Denver Clerk's office on Thursday, July 10, 2014. They were the first couple to receive a marriage licence in Denver, after clerk Debra Johnson began issuing licenses to same sex couples.
DENVER — A judge on Monday refused to stop a Denver clerk from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex, despite a still-active ban against the practice. Colorado District Judge C. Scott Crabtree last week ruled that the state’s 2006 voter-approved gay marriage ban was unconstitutional. But he put that ruling on hold pending appeal, meaning the Colorado ban...

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Third Colo. county clerk issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

| Friday, July 11, 2014
Pueblo County Clerk Bo Ortiz talks about his decision to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Friday, July 11, 2014, at the county courthouse in Pueblo, Colo.
PUEBLO, Colo. -- A third Colorado county began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Friday even though the legal fight is far from resolved in the state. Pueblo County joined Denver and Boulder County in allowing gay couples to marry a day after a state judge ruled the Boulder clerk can continue issuing the licenses.

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First same-sex couples begin marrying in Denver despite gay marriage ban

| Thursday, July 10, 2014
Denver
DENVER -- Same-sex couples can keep getting married in Colorado, even though the state's gay marriage ban is still in effect, a judge ruled Thursday. The decision added to the national confusion over same-sex marriage, as the judge said a county clerk can continue giving marriage licenses to gay couples despite what the state's attorney general calls ...

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Denver city clerk says she will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

| Thursday, July 10, 2014
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DENVER -- Denver's city clerk says she will begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite Colorado ban. Debra Johnson announced her decision shortly after a judge ruled that her counterpart in the liberal college town of Boulder can continue to grant gay marriage licenses.

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Judge: Boulder clerk can continue issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

| Thursday, July 10, 2014
Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall
DENVER -- A Boulder County clerk who has been issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in defiance of Colorado's gay-marriage ban has been cleared to continue. Boulder County Judge Andrew Hartman ruled Thursday that county clerk Hillary Hall can ignore a federal stay on a ruling from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ...

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Judge: Colorado same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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DENVER -- A Colorado judge on Wednesday struck down the state's gay marriage ban, making Colorado the 16th state to invalidate a prohibition on same-sex marriages in the past year. District Judge C. Scott Crabtree put his ruling on hold pending an appeal. The decision came in two lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the Colorado law...

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Colo. judge considers Boulder same-sex marriage license fight

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Hillary Hall
BOULDER, Colo. -- Some of the more than 100 gay couples granted marriage licenses in Boulder testified Wednesday during a hearing to determine if clerk Hillary Hall will be allowed to continue issuing the licenses. Tracey MacDermott said not being allowed to marry has made her feel like a "second-class citizen." She said she doesn't believe Hall has harmed her...

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Colo. same-sex marriage battle echoes Boulder drama of nearly 40 years ago

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Clela Rorex
BOULDER, Colo. -- Nearly 40 years ago, a newly elected, miniskirt-wearing feminist in Colorado stumbled into history when a gay couple denied a marriage license sought her help instead. While the college town of Boulder has a liberal reputation now, it was deeply divided over gay rights in 1975, and few, including Clela Rorex, had thought about same-sex couples marrying...

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Colo. same-sex marriage license showdown heads to court

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Colorado
BOULDER, Colo. -- A showdown over gay marriage licenses in Colorado could be resolved Wednesday. Republican Attorney General John Suthers is suing the Boulder County clerk for ignoring a federal court stay on a recent gay marriage ruling and issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Suthers has maintained that the state's gay marriage ban remains ...

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