Marriage Back on the Ballot in Colorado?

Rocky Mountain News
February 10, 2009
Mark Wolf blogs about two young non-gay people from Colorado who are proposing a ballot measure for the 2010 that would allow marriage for gay couples in the state. [Link]

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Bill would extend insurance benefits to same-sex partners

Rocky Mountain News
January 15, 2009
A bill introduced Wednesday to the Colo. legislature could result in the state offering insurance benefits to partners of gay state employees. Openly gay Colo. Rep. Mark Ferrandino: "It's about equity and equality, and it's about competing in the marketplace as more and more employers offer it." [Link]

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OP-ED: A federal bailout for Prop. 8

Los Angeles Times
November 17, 2008
In 1992, by a 53%-47% split, Coloradans passed an amendment to their state Constitution that repealed laws in Aspen, Boulder and Denver that prohibited discrimination against gays. The amendment barred the state and its political subdivisions from adopting or enforcing any law "whereby homosexual, lesbian or bisexual orientation, conduct, practices or relationships" are the basis of a claim of discrimination. Does this sound familiar? [Link]

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Green Street’s Director Featured in Marriage Equality Film

The Wesleyan Connection
April 17, 2008
When the Hartford-based organization Love Makes a Family (LMF) was looking for interesting stories about how same-sex couples met, Green Street Arts Director Janis Astor del Valle’s wife Amy Joy Myers sent in the unique story of their first meeting as childhood friends. [Link]

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Marriage discrimination challenge set for hearing

Denver Post
February 12, 2008
The first legal challenge to Colorado’s anti-marriage constitutional amendment goes to court Wednesday, with the goal of unraveling Amendment 43, which voters passed in 2006. The main legal case is misdemeanor trespassing: Catherine Burns and Sheila Schroeder, a lesbian couple from Englewood, went to the Denver Clerk and Recorder’s Office on Sept. 24 to get a marriage license. [Link]

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OPINION: In CO, Referendum I failed on an emotional level

Denver Post
November 19, 2006
While some may be afraid of appearing manipulative, the truth is we humans enjoy emotions. And the emotions on the pro-Referendum I side are no less powerful, real or honest than those expressed by the opposition. We all, on both sides, feel the same emotions — love of family, respect for traditions, and a shared hope for the future. Gay men and women are not asking to be outside Colorado's values. They are asking to be a part of them. [Link]

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Gay and lesbian couples optimistic for vote

Denver Post
October 16, 2006
Referendum I would eliminate complex and pricey steps to obtain medical and property rights, and would right wrongs in CO law in several ways, particularly in what some lawyers call "default rules" that determine basic property and decision-making rights. [Link]

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Clergy condemn call to constitutionalize discrimination

Rocky Mountain News
September 25, 2006
"I believe homophobia, and not homosexuality, is the sin," said Morran, minister of the First Unitarian Society of Denver. "Marry 'em all; let God sort it out." [Link]

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Public Opinion

Hope in CO, SD, WI
Stateline.org
August 11, 2006


"The public is talking about (same-sex parented) families and how denying them the right to marry hurts them, and that continues to move public opinion in our favor"
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Colorado’s gay families: we’re not second-class citizens

Vail Daily
May 16, 2005
Two local couples invite a reporter into their homes and daily lives to show Colorado residents the hardships gay couples must face because they are denied the fundamental right to marriage. Both families hope for more compassionate Colorado. [Link]

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