Colorado Religious Freedom Amendment (2012)

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A Colorado Religious Freedom Amendment did not make the November 6, 2012 ballot in Colorado as an initiated constitutional amendment.

The measure would have banned the state from interfering with freedom of religion. The language of the proposed ballot question would have mandated that the state government should not burden a person or organization by withholding benefits, assessing penalties or excluding a person or group from government programs or facilities because of religion.[1]

The proposal was filed by Colorado Springs-based evangelical organization Focus on the Family. The measure was withdrawn during May 2012, with the group's leader citing a "tangled thicket of regulations" that would make their process too difficult.[2][3]

Text of measure

The ballot title read:[4][3]

An amendment to the Colorado Constitution expressing the public policy of the state of Colorado that government may not burden a person’s or religious organization’s freedom of religion.

Path to the ballot

See also: Colorado signature requirements

Supporters of the measure were required to collect at least 85,853 valid signatures by the August 6, 2012 petition drive deadline in order to make the November 6, 2012 general election ballot.

On April 4, 2012 the Colorado Secretary of State's office approved the ballot language for the proposed measure and green-lit petition circulation.[3]

The measure was withdrawn during May 2012, with the group's leader citing a "tangled thicket of regulations" that would make their process too difficult.[2]

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