On Monday, March 3, Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper provided a statement declaring his support for marriage equality for LGBT rights group One Colorado’s campaign called “Why Marriage Matters in Colorado.”
He said that he wants his state to join other US states allowing same-sex marriage. Despite being an avid LGBT rights supporter, known for advocating that same-sex couples have rights equal to heterosexual couples, this is the first time he has come out in support of marriage equality.
One Colorado announced Hickenlooper’s marriage equality efforts via press release. According to 9News, it quoted Hickenlooper as saying: “We have advocated for equal rights for all Coloradans and we will continue to advocate for equal rights for all Coloradans. Last year, Colorado took a historic step forward when we passed bipartisan legislation recognizing civil unions. If all men and women truly have the inalienable right to pursue happiness, and if all people are created equal, then by extension of law, logic, and love, every adult couple should also have the freedom to join in marriage.”
Currently, Colorado is facing two lawsuits challenging the ban. Gay rights groups have vowed to pursue a 2016 ballot measure to reverse the ban and legalize marriage equality if it is not struck down before that.
Colorado voters voted to ban same-sex marriage in 2006.