Colorado Same-Sex Marriage Amendment (2014)

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The Colorado Same-Sex Marriage Amendment will not appear on the 2014 ballot in Colorado as an initiated constitutional amendment. The measure would have included same-sex unions in the state's definition of marriage and declared that the state recognize them.[1]

Text of measure

If the measure had gone to the ballot, the language would have appeared as:[2]

Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution declaring that a union of a same-sex couple or a union of an opposite-sex couple shall be valid and recognized as a marriage and shall be treated equally in all respects under Colorado law?[3]


  • Jeremy Mathis, primary proponent[4]
  • Lisa Starcher, second proponent[4]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing the initiative process in Colorado & Amending the Colorado Constitution

Supporters had to gather 86,105 valid signatures by February 17, 2014 for the measure to appear on the ballot. In December 2013, the measure proponents announced they were halting their campaign in light of the recent court rulings in Utah and New Mexico, which overturned similar bans on same-sex marriage. The campaign had already decided to probably post-pone their efforts to the 2016 ballot, but in wake of the court cases, Jeremy Mathis said the campaign had decided to "see what happens next."[5]

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