Colorado Religious Freedom Amendment (2010)

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Colorado Religious Freedom Amendment did not appear on the November 2, 2010 ballot in Colorado as an initiated constitutional amendment. The measure would have prohibited the government from burdening person or organization from religious liberty.

Constitutional changes

If approved, Article II of the Colorado Constitution would have been amended by the addition of a new section:[1]

Section 32. Religious Liberty.

(1) Government may not burden a person's or religious organization's religious liberty.

(2) The right to act or refuse to act in a manner motivated by a sincerely held religious belief may not be burdened unless the government prove it has a compelling governmental interest in infringing the specific act or refusal to act and has used the least restrictive means to further that interest.

(3) A burden includes indirect burdens such as withholding benefits, assessing penalties, or an exclusion from programs or access to facilities.


The Colorado Family Action and the Colorado Catholic Conference sponsored the initiative.[2]

Path to the ballot

See also: Colorado signature requirements

In order to qualify the proposed measure for the 2010 ballot a minimum of 76,047 valid signatures were required. The signature filing deadline for the 2010 ballot in Colorado for initiated constitutional amendments was August 2, 2010.[3] However, as of petition deadline day no signatures were filed.

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External links


  1. Colorado Legislature, "Text of measure," accessed March 19, 2010
  2. The Denver Post, "Coalition pushes amendment to Colorado's constitution protecting religious freedom," March 19, 2010
  3. Prior to the enactment of Colorado House Bill 1326 (2009), the signature deadline for initiated statutes and initiated amendments was the same--3 months before the election.