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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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Split decision in gay couple’s lawsuit over use of photo in anti-gay mailer

| Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Kristina Hill Photography
Original engagement photo of Brian Edwards and Tom Privitere.
DENVER -- A federal judge has dismissed part of a lawsuit filed by a gay New Jersey couple whose engagement photo was used in campaign attack mailers in Colorado.

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Colo. Gov. John Hickenlooper announces his support for marriage equality

| Tuesday, March 4, 2014
APGov. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.)
DENVER -- Gov. John Hickenlooper has, for the first time publicly, announced his support for same-sex marriage.

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Gay rights advocates rally in Denver, say marriage equality is coming to Colorado

| Monday, March 3, 2014
OneColoradoHouse Speaker Mark Ferrandino, who is openly gay, addresses marriage equality adovcates at the Colorado state capitol in Denver on Mondya, March 3, 2014.
DENVER — Gay rights advocates promise that marriage equality is coming to Colorado, either through the courts or the ballot box.

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Colo. governor signs bill allowing joint tax-filing for married same-sex couples

| Thursday, February 27, 2014
Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.)
DENVER -- Colorado gay couples who are married in another state and in a civil union in Colorado can now file joint state tax returns.

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Nine same-sex couples launch challenge to Colo. gay marriage ban

| Wednesday, February 19, 2014
DENVER -- Several same-sex Colorado couples have filed suit in Denver challenging the state constitution's ban on gay marriage, saying it makes them second-class citizens.

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Colo. House approves bill to allow joint tax filing for gay couples

| Monday, February 17, 2014
DENVER -- Gay couples in Colorado who are married in another state and in a civil union here could file joint state tax returns under a measure headed to the governor's desk.

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Colo. AG candidate: Gay marriage ban unconstitutional, shouldn’t be defended

| Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Don Quick
DENVER -- The Democrats' candidate for Colorado attorney general says the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage violates the constitutional rights of same-sex couples and that the law shouldn't be defended.

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Ten attorneys general file brief supporting Nev. same-sex marriage ban

| Monday, February 3, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and top law officers from nine other states are fighting a lawsuit challenging Nevada's same-sex marriage ban, arguing no fundamental right to same-sex marriage exists.

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Bill to allow married, same-sex couples to file joint taxes passes Colo. Senate

| Thursday, January 23, 2014
DENVER -- A bill that would change the way some same-sex couples in Colorado file their taxes has passed the Senate despite Republican objections that the measure chips away at the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage.

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Bill allowing gay couples to file joint tax returns clears first hurdle in Colo. senate

| Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Colorado state capitol in Denver.
DENVER -- The Colorado state Senate of Tuesday gave initial approval to a bill that would allow same-sex couples married outsiode of Colorado to jointly file their state tax return.

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