Voters may be asked to ax anti-gay CO amendment

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) -- Two gay lawmakers want to ask voters to repeal a Colorado constitutional amendment that barred cities from passing anti-discrimination laws to protect gay people.

Voters approved Amendment 2 in 1992. Its passage prompted calls for boycotts of the state and conventions were canceled. Some dubbed Colorado a hate state. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled four years later that the law was unconstitutional.

Democratic Sen. Pat Steadman is proposing referring a measure to voters to repeal the law from the state's books. His proposal was being heard Tuesday.

Steadman fought to get the measure overturned by the Supreme Court. He says the issue is the reason he became involved in politics. This year, he's sponsoring a bill to allow same-sex couples to have civil unions.


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