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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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Anti-gay marriage vote looms in N.C., and a close call in Washington state

Monday, March 19, 2012
It's coming down the wire in North Carolina, where an anti-gay ballot measure is looking an awful lot like the Prop 8 fight all over again. Meanwhile Denver Republicans vote to support civil unions, we'll get a vote this week on ending marriage equality in New Hampshire, and President Obama speaks out against an anti-gay ballot measure. [ Read more → ]

LGBT group plans legal challenge to anti-gay ‘religious freedom’ initiative

Thursday, March 15, 2012
DENVER -- Statewide LGBT advocacy organization One Colorado is planning a legal challenge to a broadly-written ballot proposal by conservative religious liberty group that could undermine state law protecting LGBT people from discrimination. [ Read more → ]

Yearbook staff shake-up over photo of lesbian students holding hands

Monday, March 12, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Two high school yearbook staff members said they were fired, and two others quit in protest after their faculty adviser instructed them to remove the photo of a lesbian couple from the yearbook. [ Read more → ]

All eyes on the House, civil unions at Colorado LGBT Lobby Day

Thursday, March 1, 2012
About 180 LGBT Coloradans and allies who took to the Colorado Capitol Feb. 27 to share their stories and feelings with lawmakers who are debating a bill that would establish civil unions in the Centennial State. The 2012 lobby day was organized by One Colorado, a statewide LGBT advocacy organization. [ Read more → ]

Almost too many equality victories to count!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Another crazy week: Maryland’s legislature passes a marriage bill, a lawsuit widens in New Jersey, the governor of Hawaii comes out for equality, and a huge victory in a federal case against DOMA. Lately we’ve racking up so many wins, it’s getting hard to keep up. [ Read more → ]

Colorado Senate committee advances civil unions bill

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
A Colorado Senate committee on Wednesday evening gave its blessing for a bill to establish civil unions in Colorado. The bill, sponsored by Sens. Pat Steadman and Lucia Guzman, was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 5-2. [ Read more → ]
Rick Santorum

Santorum sweeps GOP contests in Minnesota, Missouri, Colorado

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum showed his campaign still has life by sweeping Tuesday’s GOP contests in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado. [ Read more → ]

Colorado gay rights group donates to Republican lawmakers who voted for civil unions

Saturday, February 4, 2012
One Colorado, the group leading the lobbying effort for civil unions here, has repeatedly pledged to support any lawmaker — Republican or Democrat — who supports relationship recognition legislation. This week, campaign finance reports show the group has made good on its promise. [ Read more → ]

State legislatures moving fast on marriage equality bills

Saturday, January 21, 2012
Washington, Colorado, New Jersey -- state legislatures are moving even faster than we thought on marriage equality. But it's not all good news. Meanwhile, Canadian turmoil calls thousands of marriages into question, and preparations continue for the impending decision in the Prop 8 case. [ Read more → ]
John Hickenlooper

Colorado Governor: The time has come for same-sex civil unions

Friday, January 13, 2012
DENVER -- Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday told lawmakers the time has come to allow same-sex couples to form civil unions here. Hickenlooper, addressing a joint session of the Colorado General Assembly, said in his State of the State address Colorado believes in equal rights. [ Read more → ]

More twists and turns as Colorado legislature wrestles with civil unions

Thursday, January 5, 2012
DENVER -- When the Colorado Civil Union Act of 2012 is introduced on the first day the General Assembly convenes, it will start a journey for the LGBT community -- and for politicos, alike -- that no one is quite sure where it will end up. [ Read more → ]

2011: An ‘epic year of transformation’ for marriage equality in the U.S.

Saturday, December 31, 2011
One leading advocate called 2011 an “epic” year for marriage equality. Was it? While only one state -- New York -- enacted full marriage rights for same-sex couples, it was the most populous state to do so. Five other states also moved closer to marriage equality than ever before. Public opinion shifted dramatically towards supporting equality. And the Obama administration announced that it no longer considers a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act constitutional. [ Read more → ]

Colorado advocacy group offers help in creating gay-straight alliances

Saturday, December 17, 2011
The move to “make it better,” just got better. One Colorado, a statewide LGBT advocacy group, has launched a new program to facilitate the creation of gay-straight alliances in Colorado schools and secure safe school environments for all students. [ Read more → ]

Colorado Republicans are coming out … for civil unions

Thursday, December 15, 2011
Save the date: Jan. 5, 2012. That’s the day the debate on civil unions here will get a whole lot more interesting. A group of Colorado conservatives are having a coming out party. Coming out for civil unions, that is. [ Read more → ]
Colorado's gay and lesbian community gathered at the west steps of the Capitol March 31 to rally for civil unions.

Poll: Majority of Coloradans now favor full same-sex marriage

Friday, December 9, 2011
A majority of Coloradans now support full marriage equality for same-sex couples, a poll released Friday shows. According to Public Policy Polling, 47 percent of those Coloradans polled said they believe gay and lesbian couples should have all the rights of marriage — and the name to boot. [ Read more → ]
Kevin Lundberg

Colorado’s most anti-gay state senator eyes Jared Polis’ congressional seat

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Colorado State Sen. Kevin Lundberg is contemplating a run for Congress. Lundberg, perhaps the most conservative state senator and most definitely the most anti-gay lawmaker under the dome, tweeted he might want to advance his political career to Washington D.C. [ Read more → ]

Gay couple says they were threatened, called ‘faggots’ by United Airlines agent

Monday, November 28, 2011
DENVER -- A San Diego gay couple returning home from celebrating Thanksgiving alleges a United Airlines agent bullied and intimidated them, called them "faggots," and threatened with being banned from their flight, all because they complained about poor customer service from United employees. [ Read more → ]
Mark Ferrandino

Colorado House Democrats select first openly gay leader

Saturday, November 19, 2011
DENVER -- Democrats in the Colorado House of Representatives on Friday selected Rep. Mark Ferrandino of Denver to be their new minority leader, making him the first openly gay man in the state's history to hold such a high leadership position in the legislature. [ Read more → ]
Kurt Peters (left) and Dionne Malikowski

Transgender students in Colorado warned not to use restrooms

Thursday, November 10, 2011
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Two high school students in Fort Collins, Colo. -- who identify as transgender -- say that attitudes displayed by the school's administrators make them feel unwelcome on campus, including being prohibited from using the same restrooms as other students. [ Read more → ]

Out service member announces bid for Colorado state House

Thursday, October 13, 2011
Army Veteran Brian Carroll on Thursday announced his candidacy for the Colorado State House of Representatives, and is believe to be the first out Armed Forces Veteran in the country to officially file and run for office since the repeal of "Don’t Ask Don’t Tell" last month. [ Read more → ]

Vandals target family farm with swastikas, anti-gay slurs in bias-motivated crime

Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Buses hand-painted with images of "Love" and "Peace" at an organic farm in Wellington were defiled with spray-painted swastikas and anti-gay slurs in a possibly bias-motivated crime. [ Read more → ]

Morgan Freeman and friends to headline play based on Proposition 8 trial

Monday, August 22, 2011
This week's all about Minnesota, Maine, North Carolina, Colorado, and Broadway. All four of those states have months of bitter fighting over marriage to look forward to, with millions of dollars likely to be spent on both sides. Fortunately, we've got a secret weapon: Morgan Freeman. [ Read more → ]

Gay soldiers in Colorado attacked, beaten in possible hate crime

Monday, July 4, 2011
A group, including two gay soldiers from Fort Carson, a United States Army installation located near Colorado Springs, were attacked in a possible hate crime early Saturday morning. [ Read more → ]

Republican majority in Colorado House committee stalls civil unions bill

Friday, April 1, 2011
Republican legislators in the Colorado House Judiciary Committee on Thursday stalled any further action on a proposed measure that would allow for Civil Unions in the state to move to the full House for a vote. [ Read more → ]

Two Denver police officers fired over excessive force, beating of gay man

Sunday, March 27, 2011
Two Denver police officers were dismissed on Friday for their involvement in a controversial beating a gay man almost two years ago that was captured on police surveillance video. [ Read more → ]
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