When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act on June 26, nearly 40,000 LGBT binational couples were suddenly eligible to sponsor their spouses for U.S. residency and citizenship.
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Our nation was shaken to its core by the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial…My stomach lurched and cold fingers of fear grasped my throat when I imagined my dark son, dressed in a sweatshirt, running through the streets of our neighborhood. With a dry mouth and wet eyes, I angrily told him he could not go outside and play a simple childhood game.
From around the nation come strikingly similar stories of fortitude despite discrimination – and a cautious optimism that more Americans are changing their views to favor equality.
The executive director of One Colorado, the state’s largest LGBT advocacy organization, has found himself sandwiched in time between his biggest political victory – the passage of the Colorado Civil Union Act – and an undetermined day, that, when it arrives, will set in motion a series of events that will solidify plans to usher in marriage equality here.
The organization tracked nearly 4,000 couples that entered into civil unions and found couples still lacked promised protections
This publication – founded in 1976 and 37 years old this month – was just a twinkle in founder Phil Price’s eye when the birth pangs of our Colorado community sounded out 40 years ago, in October 1973.
Colorado now joins a growing number of states offering stronger relationship recognition to same-sex couples – from strong domestic partnership laws and civil unions, to full marriage equality.
After a drawn–out partisan battle, President Obama signed a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act March 7 that updates the 19 year-old law with new protections for same-sex couples.
While civil unions may be top-of-mind for LGBT activists and advocates, Colorado’s out lawmakers contend with all the state’s issues – and gun-related measures have become the mainstream press’ story of the year so far.
Obama won big and so did Colorado Democrats, but there were also big moments in down-ballot issues, not least being marriage equality. Here’s a recap of the 2012 election results we know so far: