Applaud Colorado Teenager who Wrote Ballot Proposal to Legalize Gay Marriage

Target: Zoe Mandelski

Goal: Commend 17-year-old Zoe Mandelski for proposing legislation to legalize gay marriage in Colorado.

17-year-old Zoe Mandelski recently wrote a proposal to legalize gay marriage in Colorado. Though she is still in high school and is not yet old enough to vote, her proposal may make it onto the ballot in 2014. Mandelski’s ballot proposal would amend the Colorado constitution to define marriage as “a union of one man and one woman, one man and one man, and one woman and woman.” Mandelski’s first hearing for the proposal is set for later in February, when a judge will decide if the ballot measure will move on in the process of getting on the ballot.

During Mandelski’s interview with the Denver Post, she claimed that legalizing gay marriage seemed obvious and was a “nonissue” to her. She feels that her generation is more likely than ever to support gay marriage and that the voters must decide. Colorado has long been resistant to legalize gay marriage or civil unions; in 2006, Coloradans passed a constitutional amendment which essentially banned gay marriage in the state. In the 2012 election, Colorado voters did approve a civil unions bill which would allow gay couples to marry, but would not allow them to enjoy all of the same benefits as married couples.

Zoe Mandelski is a teenager trying to make a positive change in this world. Commend her for writing a proposal to legalize gay marriage in Colorado.


Dear Zoe Mandelski,

We wanted to commend you for your recent ballot proposal to legalize gay marriage. Even though you are only 17-years-old and still in high school, your proposal will soon be reviewed before a judge to determine if it will be on the 2014 ballot. Your choice to redefine marriage in Colorado as “a union of one man and one woman, one man and one man, and one woman and woman” is a tremendous step towards equality in this state. Thank you for trying to give Colorado voters an opportunity to legalize marriage.

As you know, Colorado has been resistant to ballot measures in the past to legalize gay marriage. In 2006, voters approved an amendment to the Colorado constitution which banned gay marriage. However, in the last election, civil unions were approved. Civil unions are a great first step towards equality, but same-sex couples are often still denied many of the rights that heterosexual couples obtain when they marry.

If your proposal makes it on the ballot, Colorado will have a chance to legalize gay marriage once and for all. Thank you for your efforts to ensure equality for homosexual couples in Colorado.


[Your Name Here]

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