John M. Becker

Colorado Governor Endorses Marriage Equality

Filed By John M. Becker | March 05, 2014 1:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Colorado, gay marriage, John Hickenlooper, marriage equality, same-sex marriage

hickenlooper-colorado-marriage-equality.jpgJohn Hickenlooper, the Democratic Governor of Colorado, quietly endorsed marriage equality this week as part of Why Marriage Matters Colorado, a newly-launched campaign advocating for the freedom to marry in the state.

A press release on Monday from statewide equality group One Colorado contained the following statement from Gov. Hickenlooper:

"We have advocated for equal rights for all Coloradans and we will continue to advocate for equal rights for all Coloradans. Last year, Colorado took a historic step forward when we passed bipartisan legislation recognizing civil unions. If all men and women truly have the inalienable right to pursue happiness, and if all people are created equal, then by extension of law, logic, and love, every adult couple should also have the freedom to join in marriage."

According to Denver's 9News, Hickenlooper's position prior to Monday's announcement was that same-sex couples should be granted all the rights of marriage, but under a different name. Of course, Colorado's anti-LGBT conservatives are not happy.

Watch the 9News report on Governor Hickenlooper's evolution, after the jump.

As Hickenlooper's statement notes, the governor was instrumental in calling for and passing civil unions in Colorado, which he signed into law one year ago this month and which went into effect on May 1. Just last week, Governor Hickenlooper signed a bill into law that requires gay couples in civil unions or marriages from out-of-state to file joint state tax returns.

Why Marriage Matters Colorado is a coalition of state and national equality groups, faith and business leaders, civic and political officials, and fairness-minded Coloradans that plans on making the case for marriage equality and winning the freedom to marry in Colorado. The campaign officially launched Monday at a public rally in Denver, on the steps of the State Capitol.

The coalition is anchored by One Colorado, the ACLU of Colorado, and Freedom to Marry. In addition to Governor Hickenlooper, the group's press release contained statements of support from both of the state's Democratic U.S. Senators (Mark Udall and Michael Bennet) and Democratic U.S. Representatives Jared Polis, Diana DeGette, and Ed Perlmutter.

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