Target: Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper
Goal: Lift Colorado’s constitutional ban on gay marriage
In 2006, Colorado voters ratified an amendment to the state constitution that bans same-sex marriage. Colorado is in many ways a progressive state, but this is one policy that is far behind the times. The federal government now requires all states to recognize same-sex marriage, regardless of whether each individual state allows same-sex marriages to occur. Fourteen other states have legalized gay marriage, and that number is only going to rise in the future. To keep up with these positive changes in society, Colorado should join those states that allow same-sex marriage.
Also in 2006, Colorado decided to allow civil unions for same-sex couples. While this is a move in the right direction, it still upholds institutional discrimination. As with the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Brown v. Board of Education, separate is never really equal; allowing couples of one orientation to marry, while couples of a different orientation can not creates a social division and inherent inequality. Future generations will view this as clear-cut discrimination, and the sooner Colorado addresses the problem the better.
Governor Hickenlooper has not taken a strong stance on this issue. He considers himself a political centrist and moderate, but legalizing same-sex marriage is no longer just a liberal belief, it is becoming the majority opinion. According to a Huffington Post article from April, 2013, the majority of voters in Colorado now support same-sex marriage, and 74% of voters under 30 support same-sex marriage. Sign the petition below to tell Governor Hickenlooper that it’s time to come out in support of gay marriage, and to put pressure on the state congress to lift the constitutional ban.
Dear Governor Hickenlooper,
Colorado’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage is discriminatory and archaic. The federal government now requires all states to recognize same-sex marriages, and 14 states have already had the courage to legalize the practice. According to the Huffington Post, the majority of Colorado voters now approve of same-sex marriage, and for voters under 30 it is nearly 3 out of 4 who support it. To keep up with changing times, you need to pressure the state legislature to lift the constitutional ban on gay marriage.
Civil unions alleviate this problem but they do not solve it. Separate is never really equal, and so long as same-sex couples are barred from official marriages they will be subject to institutional discrimination. The rest of the country is turning in the right direction, some more slowly than others, and we don’t want Colorado to fall behind the times. Please find a way to pressure congress to lift the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, and pressure them to legalize the practice altogether.
[Your Name Here]
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