Out in Colorado this week, in light of that Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, a new ballot initiative has been proposed that would redefine same-sex marriages in the state as civil unions; in addition, a second initiative would allow wedding-related businesses to discriminate against same-sex couples.
Colorado wants to ignore the Supreme Court and redefine marriage, though they fought the efforts to redefine it for the past several years; but I guess if you redefine it to discriminate against The Gays then that’s okay?
Or not. But, keeping marriage equality out of the state might be difficult, at best.
Dave Montez, the executive director of One Colorado, an LGBT advocacy group:
"This initiative is an unnecessary attempt to radically redefine all marriages in Colorado in order to undermine the Supreme Court's recent decision. Even before last week's Supreme Court decision, the 37 states that already had marriage equality had proven that when loving, committed, gay couples share in the freedom to marry, families are helped and no one is hurt. The freedom to marry is a precious, fundamental right that belongs to all."
I’m’a make this queer for Colorado: you cannot change marriages to civil unions for The Gays just because your knickers are twisted. It won’t work, because you cannot retroactively change the marriages that have already occurred to a different status, and so then to deny marriage now — even under the guise of a new name — goes against the rules of Equal Protection that the Supremes used to make marriage equality the law of the land.
Seriously, Colorado. Build a bridge and get over it. Gay folks are getting married and no one is getting hurt by it.