Colorado Governor Endorses Marriage Equality


Gov. Jay Hickenlooper (D-CO)

Gov. Hickenlooper signing Colorado's civil unions bill into law.

Gov. Hickenlooper signing Colorado’s civil unions bill into law.

CREDIT: Daniel Gonzalez.

Though Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) was supportive of the effort to pass civil unions, he has previously stopped short of endorsing marriage equality. That changed this week when he released the following statement:

We have advocated for equal rights for all Coloradans and we will continue to advocate for equal rights for all Coloradans. Last year, Colorado took a historic step forward when we passed bipartisan legislation recognizing civil unions. If all men and women truly have the inalienable right to pursue happiness, and if all people are created equal, then by extension of law, logic, and love, every adult couple should also have the freedom to join in marriage.

Colorado is the only remaining state that offers civil unions. In the wake of the Supreme Court overturning the Defense of Marriage Act, the inferiority of civil unions became much more apparent, because they do not entitle same-sex couples to the federal benefits of marriage. Still, Colorado is bound by its constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

Last week, Hickenlooper signed into law a measure that will allow couples in civil unions or marriages from other states to file their state taxes jointly.