Says golf club salesman Stu Allen to the Rocky Mountain News: “I don’t think there should be gender specific laws when it comes to marriage in Colorado — or anywhere. It seems like a civil rights issue.”
The paper reports: “Stu Allen, of Lakewood, and his high school friend, Hallie Atencio, of Denver, are the proponents of a ballot measure that would change the state constitution to recognize marriage as a union between two consenting adults. He said he believes gays should have the same rights he and his girlfriend of seven years, Crystal Russell, would enjoy if they got married. Allen is scheduled to meet today with the legislative staff for a ‘review and comment session’ on his proposal. That’s the second of many steps to get a proposal on the ballot. If the measure makes it to the 2010 ballot and is approved, depending on the final language, it could override Amendment 43, the successful 2006 initiative that defined marriage as between one man and one woman in the state constitution.”
Allen is 23 and says he was inspired by 20-year-old Kristi Burton, who succeeded in putting Amendment 48, which would have defined a fertilized egg as a person, on the ballot. That measure was defeated.
Salesman pushing gay marriage ballot measure [rocky mountain news]
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