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Colorado Obscenity, Amendment 16 (1994)

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The Colorado Obscenity Amendment, also known as Amendment 16, was on the November 8, 1994 ballot in Colorado as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have prevented state judiciary from interpreting the state's constitutional freedom of speech more broadly than the federal constitution.[1]

Election results

Colorado Amendment 16 (1994)
Defeatedd No696,04063.27%
Yes 404,156 36.73%

Election results via: Colorado Legislative Council

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1][2]

Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado Constitution stating that the state and any city, town, city and county, or county may control the promotion of obscenity to the full extent permitted by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and thereby preventing the Colorado courts from interpreting the right of free expression more broadly under the Colorado Constitution than under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution in the area of obscenity?[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Colorado Legislative Council, "Ballot Issue History," February 20, 2014
  2. El Paso County, Colorado, "Official Sample Ballot for General Election"
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.