March 27, 2018
This afternoon, the Judiciary Committee of the Colorado House of Representatives voted down House Bill 1206, a mean-spirited anti-LGBTQ religious exemption bill that would have rolled back protections for LGBTQ Coloradans and their families in nearly every facet of their lives, including in the areas of adoption and foster care, health care, housing, marriage, employment, or public spaces.
One Colorado, the state’s leading advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Coloradans and their families released the following statement from Executive Director Daniel Ramos:
“This bill was the most mean-spirited anti-LGBTQ bills to be introduced in the Colorado legislature in years. Freedom of religion is important, but that freedom doesn’t give any of us the right to harm others, or to discriminate against others. Nobody should be turned away from a business, denied service, fired from their job, or evicted from their home simply because of who they are. Had this billed passed out of committee and made it to the Governor’s desk, that kind of license to discriminate is exactly what would have been legalized in Colorado.”
“I applaud the members of the House Judiciary Committee who voted ‘No’ on House Bill 1206 today. I believe that with today’s vote, and after hearing from legal experts, faith leaders, and members of the LGBTQ community, Colorado has sent a strong, clear message that these license to discriminate bills have no place in our state.”
House Bill 1206 was sponsored by State Representative Stephen Humphery, R-Greeley, and failed on a 6-5 party-line vote, with all Democrats voting “No” and all Republicans voting “Yes”.