A Letter From Colorado


A reader writes:

Colorado is not only turning blue, but has experienced rapid change in its support for marriage equality. Twenty years ago the state passed Amendment 2, a constitutional amendment preventing any city or county from recognizing gays as a protected class. It was overturned by the Supreme Court in 1996. In 2006, Colorado passed a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. But last year, there was a fight in the legislature to implement civil unions, which is as far as the legislature can go because of the constitutional amendment. It nearly passed, but Republicans blocked it.

Last Tuesday, Democrats won the State House, giving them control of the House, Senate, and Governorship. Then they selected Rep. Mark Ferrandino, the author of the civil unions bill, as Speaker of the House. Ferrandino is a remarkable man and openly gay. So, six years from passage of an amendment banning marriage equality to an openly gay Speaker of the House and an almost certain passage of civil unions soon. Wow.

(Photo: Contestants from Colorado march in a procession at the third annual National Beard and Moustache Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 11, 2012. By Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)