Colorado Amendment 43 (2006)

Amendment 43 proposes adding a new section to Article II of the Colorado Constitution that defines marriage in Colorado as only a union between one man and one woman.

Recognized marriages in Colorado would be:

  1. only between a man and a woman
  2. licensed, solemnized, and registered according to pre-established procedures
  3. common law marriages only with a man and a woman who live together and hold themselves out publicly as husband and wife

Current State Marriage Benefits

Benefits of marriage in Colorado include, as of November 2006:

Support

Groups in favor of Amendment 43 feel that the proposed amendment:

Creating an amendment is seen as necessary to avoid court rulings that would expand the definition of marriage to same-sex marriages.

Opposition

Groups opposed to Amendment 43 feel that the amendment:

Result

Colorado Amendment 43 passed with 56% of the vote.

History of Related Amendments in Colorado

Colorado Amendment 2

Neither the state of Colorado, through any of its branches or departments, nor any of its agencies, political subdivisions, municipalities or school districts, shall enact, adopt or enforce any statute, regulation, ordinance or policy whereby homosexual, lesbian or bisexual orientation, conduct, practices or relationships shall constitute or otherwise be the basis of, or entitle any person or class of persons to have or claim any minority status, quota preferences, protected status or claim of discrimination. This Section of the Constitution shall be in all respects self-executing. An amendment to the Colorado Constitution that allows discrimination against homosexuals and prevents the state from protecting them violated equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment, because it was not rationally related to a legitimate state interest, but instead was motivated by animus towards homosexuals. Supreme Court of Colorado affirmed. Chief Justice: William Rehnquist Associate Justices: John Paul Stevens, Sandra Day O'Connor, Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, David Souter, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer

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