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Colorado College Student Proposes Ballot Measure Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage: VIDEO

Colorado's state title board will meet with 19-year-old college student Mark Olmstead next week regarding his proposed 2012 ballot initiative that would reverse Amendment 43, which bans same-sex marriage, and replace it with language saying two people can marry regardless of gender, the AP reports:

Colorado "If approved, supporters would have to collect about 86,000 signatures to put the question to voters. The proposal would reverse a 2006 amendment that said only a union of one man and one woman would be a valid marriage."

Olmstead says he was inspired to propose the ballot measure by New York's marriage equality passage.

A civil union measure in Colorado failed to get out of committee earlier this year.

OutFront Colorado's Nic Garcia reports that Olmstead is pursuing his proposal without support from LGBT rights groups:

Olmstead said One Colorado reached out to him and asked him to withdraw his initiative because it would conflict with its push for civil unions, but spokeswoman Jessica Cook Woodrum said that isn’t the case.

“We didn’t ask Mr. Olmstead to withdraw the initiative,” she said. “We met with him and had a frank conversation about the difficulties of any ballot initiative, but we didn’t ask him to withdraw.”

Cook Woodrum said One Colorado applauds Olmstead and supports the spirit of the proposal, but cautions now is not the time to ask the LGBT community to finance what would most likely be a multi-million dollar campaign.

She denied fears it would conflict with One Colorado’s argument that civil unions aren’t a first step toward same-sex marriage, as some Republicans in the state senate argued.

Olmstead plans to decide what path to pursue after the board hearing.

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  1. Sounds like a well-meaning kid ... who needs a serious talking-to to explain to him how a gesture (that's undoubtedly futile right now in Colorado) could actually do harm and ultimately delay (rather than speed) marriage equality in Colorado.

    Posted by: K in VA | Jul 15, 2011 10:04:59 AM

  2. Good for Mark Olmstead. This is how you get things done: by doing them.

    Jessica Cook Woodrum, you and your group are traitors to the cause of equality.

    Posted by: ohplease | Jul 15, 2011 10:05:59 AM

  3. stupid stupid Gay Inc ... if we waited for them, there would be no same-sex marriage in this country, and Prop 8 would have gone unchallenged.

    they could learn a thing or two from Mark Olmstead.

    Posted by: mike | Jul 15, 2011 10:48:27 AM

  4. I have no clue how this ballot initiative would turn out next year, but as Mike said, the major pro-equality groups in California opposed the successful lawsuit challenging Prop 8 in federal court. I'd rather try and fail than just sit around and wait for things to magically get better on their own.

    Posted by: VEERS | Jul 15, 2011 12:22:47 PM

  5. Why is everyone so sure this ballot measure is futile? Has there been any recent polling in the state? Colorado is not a really conservative state. And why is One Colorado pushing the message that civil unions is not a step toward marriage equality? Of course it is. Can we please start being honest that the goal is full marriage equality!

    Posted by: Ken | Jul 15, 2011 12:38:38 PM

  6. Stupid gayinc? they're a corporation that does very little of the work and collect millions in donations. Why would they be in a hurry to exterminate themselves? A slow walk to equality is in their best interest. If you have no soul, it's brilliant.

    Posted by: Marti | Jul 15, 2011 4:47:35 PM

  7. @ K in Va - you remind me of the (white) people who told Dr King he should be patient and wait.

    Posted by: Danny | Jul 15, 2011 11:01:20 PM

  8. Is some idiot from Fox News Channel in charge of the graphics here at Towleroad now? If not, why does this story feature a photo of Colorado from the Rand McNally atlas of 1898? Was it too difficult to look for a map from 2011?

    Posted by: LARRY CRAIG (NOT THAT ONE) | Jul 16, 2011 8:53:16 AM

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