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.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver is hearing oral arguments Thursday over a federal court’s December ruling that Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. It’s one of two cases the three-judge panel will hear regarding same-sex marriage bans in the coming weeks.
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.