Colorado

Colorado is a Mile High, but Only Half Legal

The Facts:

  • Colorado bans same-sex marriage by both constitutional amendment and state law.
  • Civil unions were legalized in Colorado on March 21, 2013 by the Colorado Civil Union Act and have been available since May 1, 2013.

U.S. Senators:

Michael F. Bennet (D)

458 Russel Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

(202) 224-5852

www.bennet.senate.gov/contact

Mark Udall (D)

730 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

(202) 224-5941

www.markudall.senate.gov/?p=contact

Click here to go to the U.S. House’s site and find your district’s representative

Click here to go to Colorado’s Find My Legislator page and find the state senator and representative for your district.

Equality Isn't Just the Right Thing to do. It's Pretty Darn Profitable as Well

The Williams Institute estimates that marriage equality would bring an extra $50 million to Colorado's economy

Study: Gay Marriage Would Add $50 Million to Colorado Economy - kdvr.com

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State of Unions in Colorado

Colorado bans same-sex marriage by both constitutional amendment and state law

Civil unions were legalized in Colorado on March 21, 2013 by the Colorado Civil Union Act and have been available since May 1, 2013

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Social Security Only In "Legal" States

The Social Security Administration announced on Friday that it will begin offering partner benefits to same-sex couples, but  BuzzFeed reports the benefits will not be applied as consistently as some other federal benefits available to same-sex couples since the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act.  For now only married same-sex couples who live in a state that recognizes their marriages will be eligible to receive the Social Security spousal benefit.

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Gay Marriage Battleground States

In just the past year, six states legalized same-sex marriage though the political process. Legislatures are being pressed in three other states that are likely to follow suit: New Jersey, Hawaii and Illinois. In Oregon, an effort to reverse a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage through a November 2014 ballot measure is under way. Challenges to similar bans in Nevada, Colorado and Ohio could be in store for November 2016.

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