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Colorado Same-Sex Marriage Amendment (2012)

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A Colorado Same-Sex Marriage Amendment did not make the November 6, 2012 ballot in Colorado as an initiated constitutional amendment. The measure would have allowed for same-sex marriage in the state, overturning a 2006 ballot measure that defined marriage as between one man and one woman. The proposal was introduced by Mark Olmstead, who stated: "I think the attitudes in Colorado toward gay marriage have shifted since 2006."[1][2]

In September 2011, supporters announced that efforts to qualify the measure for the ballot were dropped.[3]



  • According to Mark Olmstead, who was the sponsor of the measure: “I feel like it's time to start fighting for it here. I think Colorado has changed from then to now. I'm not entirely sure it's changed enough, but it's about time to start talking about it.”[4]


See also: Endorsements of Colorado ballot measures, 2012


  • Carrie Gordon Earll of the group Focus on the Family commented: “We have every confidence that the people of Colorado would affirm that vote again if an attempt to repeal marriage comes to the ballot."[4]

Media editorials

  • According to The Boulder Daily Camera, they are against a citizen-initiative relating to same-sex marriage. In an editorial by Erika Stutzman, on behalf of the editorial board: "While philosophically we`re aligned with those who want to extend the right to civil, legal marriages to gay couples, practically we`d like to see this measure be crafted like other civil rights laws -- by lawmakers and ultimately upheld by the courts. One example: Extending voting rights to women might have been approved by the majority of voters -- who were all men. Or maybe not. It shouldn`t have mattered, and didn`t: Congress did the right thing."[5]

Path to the ballot

To get on the ballot, the measure's supporters must have collect 85,853 valid signatures by the August 6, 2012 petition drive deadline. On July 20, 2011, the state title board cleared the measure to begin circulation to collect signatures.[4]

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