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.