Colorado ballot initiatives target LGBTs following gay marriage ruling

Colorado ballot initiatives target LGBTs following gay marriage ruling

Following the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage, two ballot initiatives to rollback protections for lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender people have been filed in Colorado.

The first ballot initiative would redefine same-sex marriages in Colorado as civil unions and the second would allow wedding related businesses that oppose gay marriage to hire a third-party contractor to serve the couple, The Denver Post reports. Both initiatives need 98,000 signatures from registered voters to make it on the 2016 ballot.

Freedom for All Americans said it plans to fight both initiatives.

“Dangerous discriminatory measures like these have no place in any state’s constitution,” Matt McTighe, Freedom for All Americans’ campaign manager, said in a news release.  “We’ve seen in Indiana and other states how similar discriminatory measures will not only harm a state’s reputation, but can cost a state thousands of jobs and millions of dollars.”

Colorado is one of 17 states and the District of Columbia that have laws on the books to protect LGBTs from discrimination.