Friday, July 11, 2014
For Immediate Release
One Colorado Issues Statement on Gov. Hickenlooper Standing up for Gay and Lesbian Coloradans and Urging Attorney General Suthers Not to Stand in the Way of Marriage Equality
DENVER — Late yesterday, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper reiterated his strong support for extending the freedom to marry to gay and lesbian couples – lauding a recent Colorado court ruling that declared our state’s marriage ban unconstitutional and urging Colorado Attorney General John Suthers not to appeal this ruling.
In response to this news, Dave Montez, Executive Director of One Colorado – the leading statewide advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Coloradans and their families – released the following statement:
“By calling on Attorney General Suthers not to appeal Judge Crabtree’s ruling striking down Colorado’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples, Governor Hickenlooper has shown incredible leadership as a champion for all Colorado families. From the moment he took office, the Governor has stood up for LGBT Coloradans and their families every step of the way: signing legislation to fight bullying and make our schools safer for LGBT youth, calling a special session on civil unions and ultimately signing the bill into law, and lending both his support and his signature to legislation that protects against workplace discrimination and provides tuition equity to undocumented Colorado students – including many LGBT young people. The record is clear.
“As a proud supporter of marriage equality, Governor Hickenlooper joins the 61% of Coloradans who believe that everyone should have the freedom to marry the person they love. With three Colorado counties now issuing marriage licenses to loving, committed couples who want to protect each other and their families, there is no doubt that our state’s discriminatory ban is hanging on by a thread. That thread is Attorney General Suthers, who is the only person left standing in the way of equality for our families. It’s time to move on. It’s time for Attorney General Suthers to stop wasting taxpayer money defending this indefensible ban, and it’s time for the freedom to marry for all Coloradans.”