May 1 marks the one year anniversary of civil unions becoming legal in Colorado. Denver officials will celebrate the milestone with a reception. However, LGBT advocates are still fighting for marriage equality in the state.
Extending marriage to same-sex couples in Colorado could add an estimated $50 million in spending to the state and local economy and $3.7 million in tax revenue according to a study. Currently, Colorado bans same-sex marriage, offering civil unions in their stead.
Following the lead of similar lawsuits in Utah, Virginia and Kentucky, nine same-sex couples have filed civil rights litigation against Governor John Hickenlooper and Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson saying the state’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.
In late August Brad Clark, Executive Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered advocacy group One Colorado, announced he was leaving the organization. While Clark has not said what he’s doing next, he did speak about what’s next for the state’s largest LGBT advocacy group.