Colorado’s Gay Lawmakers: Voters Don’t Care About Sexual Orientation

Colorado might not be on the forefront of LGBT equality, but voters there are not concerned whether their elected representatives are gay. A number of local gay officials won election or re-election last week and several have been elected to the board of directors for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Local Officials, a constituency group within the National League of Cities. Bob Gaiser of the Broomfield City Council explains, “My sexual orientation really doesn’t come up. It’s really all about how well you serve your constituents, listen to them and hear their voices.” Considering Colorado’s since-overturned Amendment 2 in 1992 banned all nondiscrimination protections for gays and lesbians, the state’s residents have come a long way in seeing past each other’s differences.