It’s not just the state of Colorado, but the nation, that’s moving toward legalizing gay marriage.
As we reported earlier this month, the Supreme Court has issued its ruling in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the landmark 1996 law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
The Supreme Court ruling has allowed states to legally define marriage as a union between a woman and a man, and has opened up a floodgates to gay couples nationwide.
The marriage bill passed the state House and Senate in the past two weeks and has the support of both chambers of the U.S. Congress.
But the issue is not done.
Now, a group of gay activists are pushing for a referendum to make it legal in every state, according to The Washington Post.
The initiative, which would be a nationwide effort, would require voters to approve a ballot measure that would create a constitutional amendment to allow gay marriage nationwide.
That amendment would be ratified by the state legislatures of every state that would approve it, according the Post.
“The goal is to get a statewide vote,” said the group, Equality Colorado.
“We think that’s what Colorado is about.”
But the effort is not without challenges.
Supporters of the initiative say the initiative would be difficult to get on the ballot in many states, but some Republicans in the state’s legislature have said they wouldn’t allow such a ballot initiative to go forward.
Some supporters of the proposal say that’s because of the divisive nature of gay marriage, and the fact that a majority of voters in Colorado, as well as many other states, have supported the repeal of DOMA.
The measure has the backing of most prominent members of the Republican Party, as the Post noted.
But some conservatives, including some in the National Rifle Association, are against the idea.
Some conservative groups have also expressed concern about the initiative, saying that it would allow same-sex couples to be forced to wed in states that don’t recognize gay marriage and would have an impact on the states’ religious freedom laws.
Some of the most vocal opponents to the measure are the nation’s leading gun rights groups, which say that allowing gay couples to wed would have a chilling effect on Second Amendment rights.
The gun lobby has previously been pushing for states to repeal the ban on handguns and assault weapons, and to ban firearms that fire bullets that can kill more than one human being.
Some advocates of the measure have also criticized gun rights advocates for focusing on the gay marriage measure rather than other issues such as immigration reform and gun control.
“It’s hard to believe that gun control has so little to do with marriage equality, but that’s exactly the point,” said Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., a proponent of the bill.
“Gun rights advocates are using this as a way to attack us.”