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

| Monday, June 16, 2014
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
Jack Phillips
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
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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Split decision in gay couple’s lawsuit over use of photo in anti-gay mailer

| Tuesday, April 1, 2014
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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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