Teen’s Same-Sex Marriage Ballot Initiative Fails to Get Financial Support in Colorado

Mark Olmstead, a 19-year-old Colorado voter, who launched a campaign in July to try and get a ballot initative legalizing same-sex marriage on the state's ballot, has dropped his campaign after failing to get needed financial support, the OutFront Colorado reports:

Colorado Mark Olmstead, a sophomore at Seattle University, told Out Front Colorado he decided to withdrawal his initiative after not garnering enough fiscal support to fund it.

While there was an outpouring of individuals who said they’d help collect signatures, since being cleared by the state to collect signatures July 20 no organization or person came forward with cash to help Olmstead fund what would be a costly year-long campaign, Olmstead said.

“I realized this would be a very costly and time consuming campaign,” Olmstead said. “It would be very difficult to pull off by myself.”

In order to have had his question on the ballot, Omlstead would have needed to collect 86,105 signatures by January.

Colorado teen to drop marriage ballot initiative [outfront colorado]

Posted September 9, 2011 at 11:22am ETC by Andy Towle
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