Local News: Colorado Springs, Denver

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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Southern Poverty Law Center plans lawsuit against ‘Public Advocate’ over anti-gay mailer

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Southern Poverty Law Center said it plans to file a lawsuit on Wednesday, Sept. 26, in Denver in the U.S. District Court for Colorado against a Falls Church, Va.-based anti-gay group over a direct-mail campaign that used an altered version of a New York gay couple's engagement photo without their knowledge or permission. [ Read more → ]

Colorado bakery refuses to bake cakes for ‘illegal’ gay weddings

Monday, July 23, 2012
LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- A Denver-area bakery has refused to bake a wedding reception cake because the clients are gay, and according to another customer bakery does "not participate in making cakes for 'illegal' things." [ Read more → ]
Michael Carr

GOP expected to appoint gay man to Colorado Senate race

Friday, July 20, 2012
DENVER -- A Colorado Republican vacancy committee is scheduled Saturday to interview — and is expected to appoint — a Denver gay man in order to fill an empty position on the November ballot. [ Read more → ]

Judge: Colorado State Patrol harbors a homophobic culture

Thursday, July 19, 2012
DENVER -- A Colorado state Personnel Board judge this week said the Colorado State Patrol harbors a homophobic culture, and ordered the law enforcement agency to include sexual orientation among the topics covered in its diversity-training programs. [ Read more → ]
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Gay couple ‘livid’ over use of engagement photo in anti-gay political mailer

Friday, June 29, 2012
MONTCLAIR, N.Y. -- A married same-sex couple in New Jersey said they are considering legal action against an anti-gay advocacy group for using an altered version of their engagement photograph in a anti-gay political mailer. [ Read more → ]
A new organization working toward electing pro-civil union candidates, Fight Back Colorado, is a carbon copy of a political committee, Fight Back New York,  founded in part by Colorado gay activist Tim Gill. The groups’ names, websites and talking points are mostly, if not all, identical. Fight Back New York was successful in voting out two lawmakers who opposed same-sex marriage and replaced them with pro-marriage equality candidates.

Colorado civil union supporters launch efforts to unseat anti-gay lawmakers

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
In an effort to elect a pro-equality legislature, supporters of the Colorado Civil Union Act have taken the first steps to replicate a successful strategy executed during the 2010 New York state Senate elections that paved the way to marriage equality legislation becoming law in the Empire State. [ Read more → ]
Jean White (left) and Randy Baumgardner

Colorado civil union supporter defeated in state Senate primary

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
DENVER -- A Colorado Republican state senator who supported the Colorado Civil Union Act has lost her primary battle. State Rep. Randy Baumgardner (R-Cowdrey, Co.), beat state Sen. Jean White of Hayden by a 20-point spread. [ Read more → ]

Gay marriage foe switches sides, another DOMA suit, positive polling

Monday, June 25, 2012
One of the star witness who testified in favor of Prop 8 has switched sides, joining the majority of Americans who support the freedom to marry. Also this week, there's yet another DOMA lawsuit, more encouraging surveys in battleground states, and new ads Minnesota. [ Read more → ]

Denver sheriff’s department plans new policies for transgender inmates

Friday, June 22, 2012
The Denver Sheriff Department in January will roll out new policies regarding transgender inmates, The GLBT Community Center of Colorado announced Friday. The new 360-degree policies will include new practices from transport to booking and housing. [ Read more → ]

Death of Colorado civil union bill stirs anger, spurs action for November election

Thursday, June 7, 2012
Colorado’s LGBT political heavyweights and their allies, incensed over the death of the Colorado Civil Union Act, are preparing a full-scale attack to elect a “pro-equality” majority this November to the state House of Representatives. Their mission is to ensure Republican Speaker of the House... [ Read more → ]

U.S. Air Force Academy graduates first openly gay cadets

Friday, May 25, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — In another historical moment in the post-"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" era, the the U.S. Air Force Academy this week graduated its first group of openly gay cadets. [ Read more → ]
Frank McNulty

Democracy in action — how Colorado killed civil unions, twice

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Despite the bipartisanship that characterized the movement of civil unions through the Colorado state Senate, despite such broad, overwhelming support from Coloradans, the issue has torn apart the state’s legislative process, garnering national attention not for our courageous advancement of equality but for the mockery that has been made of the democratic process. [ Read more → ]

Leaked GOP memo reveals supports for same-sex marriage

Monday, May 21, 2012
A leaked memo urges an about-face for anti-equality Republicans. A civil unions bill dies in Colorado, for now. But access to marriage expands in Rhode Island, and more new surveys confirm the ever-growing public support for equality. [ Read more → ]

GOP House committee kills Colorado Civil Union Act — again

Monday, May 14, 2012
DENVER -- Despite being given a second chance by Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Republican state House committee on Monday evening killed the Colorado Civil Union Act on a party-line vote, 5-4. [ Read more → ]
John Hickenlooper

Colorado governor to call special session for Assembly to resolve civil union measure

Thursday, May 10, 2012
DENVER -- The Governor of Colorado on Wednesday said he’ll call the state General Assembly to a special session to take up the unresolved issue of the Colorado Civil Union Act. [ Read more → ]

Colorado Civil Union Act dies after House leaders shut down session before vote

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
DENVER -- Unable to reach a compromise on how or when the Colorado Civil Union Act would be debated by the House of Representatives, leaders of both parties announced at about 11 p.m. Tuesday: the bill is dead. [ Read more → ]

All eyes on Colorado civil unions, North Carolina marriage vote

Monday, May 7, 2012
Civil unions are close to passing in Colorado, but there's only a few days left before the legislature adjourns. We're getting down to the wire on Amendment One in North Carolina. The Prop 8 play is getting new legs as an audiobook. And the guys behind "We Are Young" have some strong words for marriage equality. [ Read more → ]

Colorado state House committee approves civil unions bill

Thursday, May 3, 2012
In a shocking about-face, a Republican controlled House Judiciary Committee has approved a bill to establish civil unions in Colorado. [ Read more → ]

Civil unions close in Colorado, only a few days until N.C. votes on marriage equality

Monday, April 30, 2012
Civil unions advance in Colorado, but old foes are joining forces in Maine. There's just a few days left until North Carolina votes on an extreme constitutional amendment, and the race is getting closer and closer every day. [ Read more → ]

Colorado Senate advances civil unions bill, doubt surrounds House possibilities

Friday, April 27, 2012
DENVER -- The Colorado state Senate on Thursday gave its final approval to a bill that would establish civil unions here. But before the Senate even took up the matter, the legislation appeared Dead On Arrival in the House of Representatives. [ Read more → ]
Pat Steadman

Colorado civil union bill moves one step closer to House showdown

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
DENVER -- The Colorado State Senate on Wednesday gave its initial blessing to a bill that would establish civil unions here. [ Read more → ]

Colorado searches for civil union sponsor, early voting begins on NC marriage ban

Monday, April 23, 2012
Civil unions head to the Senate in Colorado, but nobody seems to be quite sure who's going to sponsor the bill once it reaches the House. Early voting's begun in North Carolina, just in time for a big TV ad buy starting this week. And the bumpy road to repealing Ohio's marriage ban just got bumpier... [ Read more → ]

Colorado civil unions bill headed to Senate floor

Thursday, April 19, 2012
DENVER -- The Colorado state Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved SB-2, a bill to recognize same-sex civil unions. It passed 5-4 on a party-line vote with all Democrats voting yes and all Republicans voting no. The bill will be debated and voted on in the full Senate next week. [ Read more → ]

CSU students report attack by football players shouting anti-gay slurs

Monday, April 9, 2012
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- An alleged attack by three Colorado State University football players has resulted in their suspension, and left four classmates, all freshman, recovering from injuries inflicted during the attack, which allegedly included anti-gay slurs. [ Read more → ]

Gay lawmakers aim to repeal anti-gay amendment in Colorado constitution

Thursday, March 22, 2012
Two openly gay Denver lawmakers have introduced a resolution to wipe away provisions from the Colorado Constitution deemed unconstitutional and unenforced but still technically on the books in Colorado — including Amendment 2. [ Read more → ]
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