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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 state capitol in Denver.

Colorado civil unions bill clears third and final House committee

Friday, March 8, 2013
DENVER -- A bill granting civil unions for same-sex couples in Colorado advanced Friday morning in a third House committee, and now heads to the full House for a vote. [ Read more → ]

Civil unions bill takes another step forward in Colorado legislature

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
DENVER -- A bill granting civil unions for same-sex couples in Colorado has taken another step in the state Legislature as it nears a final debate on the House floor. [ Read more → ]
Jeremy Simon, 5, was one of more than 100 people who rallied in support of the Colorado Civil Union Act before a House Judiciary Committee took testimony on the bill. Photo: Evan Semon, OutFront Colorado

Colorado House committee approves civil union bill

Thursday, February 28, 2013
DENVER -- Civil unions for gay couples advanced a Colorado House committee with one Republican joining Democrats in support of a bill that's expected to become law this year. [ Read more → ]
Nick Kasa

NFL to investigate alleged questions about sexual orientation at scouting event

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
NEW YORK -- The National Football League (NFL) said Wednesday it will investigate claims by a University of Colorado football player that he was asked about his sexual orientation by at least one NFL team during a scouting interview last week. [ Read more → ]

Six-year-old transgender girl ordered to use boys’ restrooms at school

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
FOUNTAIN, Colo. -- A transgender advocacy group on Tuesday announced it has filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division on behalf of a 6-year-old girl who has been barred from using the girls’ bathrooms at her elementary school. [ Read more → ]

Unenforced Colo. discrimination law could be repealed due to civil unions

Thursday, February 21, 2013
DENVER — An unenforced discrimination crime in Colorado could be coming off the books in a bipartisan agreement inspired by a civil unions bill. [ Read more → ]
State Sens. Lucia Guzman (left) Rollie Heath and Pat Steadman, embrace after the Senate passed Colorado Civil Union Act on third reading.Photo: Evan Semon, Out Front Colorado

Colorado Senate gives final approval to same-sex civil union bill

Monday, February 11, 2013
DENVER — Civil unions for same-sex Colorado couples have cleared the state Senate for a third and possibly final time. [ Read more → ]
Colorado state capitol in Denver.

Civil union bill gets initial approval by Colorado state Senate

Friday, February 8, 2013
The Colorado State Senate on Friday gave the initial OK to a bill that would establish relationship recognition for same-sex couples after hours of debate and four attempts by Republican lawmakers to amend the bill to either establish or strengthen religious exemptions and halt how quickly the the bill becomes law. [ Read more → ]

Colorado state Senate to consider civil union bill today

Friday, February 8, 2013
DENVER — A civil unions law for same-sex couples was a top promise made by Colorado Democrats who took control of the state Legislature. [ Read more → ]

Much ado about ‘cake’ in political battle for civil unions in Colorado

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Colorado’s Religious Right is in the midst of a cakewalk. The prize? To find a political message that sticks with the state’s most sought-after, sometimes real, sometimes mythical unaffiliated “swing” voter with a Western-libertarian streak. [ Read more → ]
Kevin Swanson

Colorado pastor: Civil unions will lead to pedophilia, gays will burn Christians at the stake

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Kevin Swanson of Generations Radio has a dark view of what will come if Colorado passes a bill allowing civil unions for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]

Colorado Civil Union Act approved by committee; heads to Senate floor

Thursday, January 31, 2013
DENVER -- The Colorado Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved SB-11, the Colorado Civil Union Act. The bill, approved by a vote of 4-3, now moves to the Senate floor for a vote. [ Read more → ]

Denver Nuggets’ Kenneth Faried and his two moms for Colorado civil unions

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Here's Denver Nuggets star Kenneth Faried, appearing in a video speaking out for civil unions in Colorado. Faried grow up in a household with two loving parents -- his moms. [ Read more → ]

Civil union bill gets inital approval from Colorado Senate committee

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
A bill to establish relationship recognition for Colorado same-sex couples passed its first legislative test today. The Colorado Senate Judiciary Committee gave initial approval to The Colorado Civil Union Act 3-2 on a party line vote. [ Read more → ]

Colorado Senate poised to give initial approval to civil unions bill Wednesday

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
A proposal to allow civil unions for gay couples is set to breeze through the Democratic controlled Colorado state legislature. Senate Democrats stand poised to give initial approval to a civil unions bill Wednesday as the plan comes before a legislative committee for the first time this session [ Read more → ]
David Beuhner

Anti-gay pastor: Government must ‘remove homosexuals from society’

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
LARKSPUR, Colo. -- The pastor of an independent Presbyterian church in suburban Colorado Springs, told a local television station that he equates homosexuals to child molesters, cannibals, and rapists. Pastor David Beuhner of Christ the King Church in Larkspur, Colo., has called for discrimination against... [ Read more → ]

Colorado governor calls for passage of same-sex civil unions bill

Friday, January 11, 2013
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, in his third State of the State address, called for civil union legislation to be passed this year. [ Read more → ]
State Rep. Mark Ferrandino made Colorado history today after he was elected Speaker of the House. The gay Denver Democrat is the first out gay man in the state to hold the title.Photo by Evan Semon, Out Front Colorado

Colorado House appoints Ferrandino speaker, first for gay man in state

Thursday, January 10, 2013
DENVER -- When the Colorado General Assembly opened for business on Jan. 9, a transition of political power from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party established one the most diverse political bodies in the state’s history — including eight openly gay and lesbian lawmakers... [ Read more → ]
Openly gay state lawmaker Jessie Ulibarri (right) will chair the first Senate Judiciary committee on the 2013 Colorado Civil Union Act. Earlier, Ulibarri shared a moment with Congressman Ed Perlmutter on opening day of the Colorado General Assembly.Photo by Evan Semon, Out Front Colorado

Colo. civil union licenses expected to begin being issued in May

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Colorado gay and lesbian couples should be able to legally form civil unions May 1, after a bill creating them here is expected to be signed by the governor no later than mid-March. [ Read more → ]

Democratic majority in Colo. legislature means fast track for civil unions

Thursday, November 29, 2012
They say third time’s a charm. And for Colorado’s gay and lesbian couples eager to have their relationships validated by the state, that just might be the case. [ Read more → ]
Mark Ferrandino

First openly LGBT person to hold speaker’s gavel in Colorado House

Thursday, November 8, 2012
DENVER -- State Rep. Mark Ferrandino, an openly gay Democrat from Denver, was nominated to be the incoming Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives by his fellow state legislators on Thursday. [ Read more → ]
Jared Polis

Openly gay congressman Jared Polis cruises to re-election in Colorado

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Jared Polis, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, won re-election Tuesday to the U.S. House. He first won election from Colorado’s Second District in 2008, becoming the first openly gay man to be elected to Congress. [ Read more → ]

Future of Colorado civil unions hinges on state house, senate victories

Monday, November 5, 2012
While there isn’t an explicit referendum on Tuesday’s ballot asking Colorado voters whether the state’s same-sex partners should have legal relationship recognition, the immediate fate of a bill that would establish such will be decided in less than 48 hours — two months before lawmakers meet to discuss the matter. [ Read more → ]
Lloyd Holman of Castle Rock, a supporter of Republican presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney, clashes with supporters of President Barack Obama shortly before the first Presidential Debate at the University of Denver Oct. 3. Photo by Sean Mullins, Out Front Colorado

Obama, Romney mix on economy, health care, style during Denver debate

Thursday, October 4, 2012
If the point of the first presidential debate was to establish a fundamental difference between President Barack Obama and his Republican opponent Gov. Mitt Romney, as moderator Jim Lehrer set out to do, it was achieved not in soaring rhetoric or memorable one-liners, but mostly by body language and attitude. [ Read more → ]

SPLC sues anti-gay hate group over defilement of couple’s engagement photo

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
DENVER – The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and co-counsel filed a federal lawsuit today against an anti-gay hate group that took a gay couple’s engagement photo and misappropriated it for a political ad that attacked a Colorado lawmaker’s support for same-sex civil unions. [ Read more → ]
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