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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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Marriage News Watch: Marriage wins in western states

| Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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This week's Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), features updates from Utah, Colorado, Indiana, Missouri, Louisiana, and Maine.

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Colo. AG orders Boulder to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

| Monday, June 30, 2014
Attorney General John Suthers (R-Colo.)
DENVER -- Colorado's attorney general has ordered a halt to the issuing of gay-marriage licenses in Boulder County. Republican Attorney General John Suthers gave Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall until noon Tuesday to stop issuing marriage licenses. Colorado's constitution bans same-sex unions, and a federal decision handed down last week ...

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Day 3: Boulder, Colo., continues issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

| Friday, June 27, 2014
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BOULDER, Colo. — Emboldened by a ruling against Utah's gay marriage ban, Boulder County is continuing to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Clerk Hillary Hall is issuing the licenses for the third straight day in Boulder on Friday despite warnings that gay marriage remains illegal in Colorado. The licenses are also being offered at the clerk's ...

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Boulder to continue issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

| Thursday, June 26, 2014
Michelle and Wendy Alfredsen with their son Oliver kiss after getting their marriage license at the Boulder County Clerk and Recorders Office in Boulder Colo. Wednesday, June 25, 2014.
BOULDER, Colo. -- Boulder County is issuing more same-sex marriage licenses after a federal appeals court ruled against Utah's same-sex marriage ban. Colorado's attorney general says the Boulder licenses aren't valid both because the ruling has been placed on hold and because a Colorado state ban remains in place. County clerk Hillary Hall ...

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Boulder county clerk begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

| Wednesday, June 25, 2014
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BOULDER, Colo. -- A Boulder County clerk began issuing same-sex marriage licenses Wednesday after a federal appeals court ruled that states cannot prevent gay couples from getting married. But the Colorado Attorney General's Office said the licenses are invalid because the ruling was put on hold.

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Colorado judge considering two lawsuits skeptical of same-sex marriage ban

| Monday, June 16, 2014
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BRIGHTON, Colo. -- Colorado's same-sex marriage ban appeared to be on thin ice Monday after a judge considering two lawsuits against the law pointed out that 15 other judges have recently struck down similar bans in other states. District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree was openly skeptical of the state's arguments that the ban protects the procreative nature of marriage.

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Colo. civil rights panel: Baker must make cakes for same-sex ceremonies

| Friday, May 30, 2014
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DENVER -- Colorado's Civil Rights Commission on Friday ordered a baker to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples, finding his religious objections to the practice did not trump the state's anti-discrimination statutes.

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Denver officials mark first anniversary same-sex civil unions

| Thursday, May 1, 2014
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock at a celebration of Colorado's civil unions law.
DENVER -- Denver Mayor Michael Hancock marked the first year of civil unions in Colorado with a reception for same-sex couples at the city's clerk and recorder office.

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Poll: Majority of Colorado voters support marriage equality

| Tuesday, April 29, 2014
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A majority of Colorado voters support legalizing same-sex marriage, according to a new poll released Monday.

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The clash over changing social mores: How a wedding cake became a cause

| Saturday, April 5, 2014
Brennan Linsley, APMasterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips decorates a cake inside his store, in Lakewood, Colo. Phillips is appealing a recent ruling against him in a legal complaint filed with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission by a gay couple he refused to make a wedding cake for, based on his religious beliefs.
The encounter at Jack Phillips' Masterpiece Cakeshop lasted less than a minute. Phillips stepped out from behind the counter in his small, pastry-crammed shop to meet customers Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins. They told him they wanted a cake to celebrate their own marriage...

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