Colorado, where same-sex marriage is legal, is the epicenter of the national push for marriage equality.
As the nation’s first legal state to allow same-gender marriage, Colorado has become the epicentre of the nationwide push for equality.
But it’s not the only state on the forefront of same-sexual marriage.
It’s also home to a small number of states that have seen marriage equality gains overturned or weakened in the past.
What’s happening in Colorado?
In July, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the states of California, New York, Vermont, Oregon and Washington have to recognize same- sex marriages performed in other states.
This ruling is an important step forward for marriage rights.
But in the meantime, gay couples in Colorado continue to be denied the legal protections and rights afforded by marriage.
There are more than 70,000 same- gender marriages in Colorado and the number is expected to continue to grow.
“In order to secure the rights and protections of marriage equality, marriage is a foundational right that should be protected,” Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman said in a statement.
“We must now take action to secure that right for everyone in Colorado.”
Coffman has also vowed to take action against discrimination and harassment in the workplace.
This month, Coffman signed an order to hire an independent investigator to investigate sexual harassment complaints.
Colorado’s Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on the matter in the coming weeks.
Colorado has seen several recent victories for gay marriage, including the state’s ban on same-day adoption and the state Supreme Court’s decision to allow gay couples to marry.
What can you do?
Colorado Attorney-General Cynthia Coffmon speaks at a news conference in downtown Denver, Colorado on April 26, 2020.
The Colorado Supreme Court will hear arguments in the next few weeks on the state ban on gay marriage.
Coffman announced in November that the state would begin issuing marriage licenses to same- and opposite-sex couples within three weeks.
Coffmon says the new law will be enforced in a timely manner.
Coffmen has also launched a statewide campaign to encourage people to vote in November.
“It’s going to be a big turnout, it’s going the right direction, and we have to do this now,” Coffman told the Denver Post.
“But there’s still a long way to go, so if you are out there campaigning, be sure to get out and vote.
That’s a big part of the solution.”
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