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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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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
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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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Marriage News Watch: Victory in Ky., more hearings from coast-to-coast

| Monday, July 7, 2014
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This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), recaps a big victory in Kentucky, and numerous hearings coming up from one side of the country to the other. Plus, a battle of wills and a surprise move in Colorado. And one of the Prop 8 lawyers is headed back to court — this time, as a judge...

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Colo. gay lawmakers want same-sex marriage ban overturned immediately

| Saturday, July 5, 2014
Sen. Pat Steadman is one of five openly gay lawmakers in Colorado.
DENVER -- Saying further delays are pointless, gay lawmakers Thursday called for Colorado's same-sex marriage ban to be declared unconstitutional and for such a ruling to be effective immediately. The lawmakers made the comments a day after Republican Attorney General John Suthers' asked a federal court in Denver for an injunction declaring Colorado's...

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Colo. AG files suit against Boulder County over same-sex marriage licenses

| Thursday, July 3, 2014
Attorney General John Suthers (R-Colo.)
DENVER -- Colorado's Republican attorney general on Thursday followed through with his threat to sue the Boulder County clerk for issuing same-sex marriage licenses. The lawsuit from Attorney General John Suthers is the latest in Colorado's gay-marriage legal fight, which has escalated since the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled last week ...

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Colorado officials ask court to declare same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

| Thursday, July 3, 2014
Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.)
DENVER -- Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper and Republican Attorney General John Suthers asked a federal court Wednesday to issue an injunction declaring Colorado's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. But they want the court to delay implementation of the ruling until the U.S. Supreme Court decides the issue. The filing highlights...

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Boulder won’t back down on issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

| Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Hillary Hall
DENVER -- Boulder County's clerk will continue issuing marriage licenses to gay couples despite warnings from Colorado Attorney General John Suthers to stop, telling him in a letter Wednesday that failing to give the couples licenses would violate their constitutional rights. The letter is the latest volley in a legal back-and-forth between County Clerk Hillary Hall...

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