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Colorado lawmakers kill vote on same-sex marriage ban

[JURIST] Colorado's House Judiciary Committee [official website] have killed SB 140 [PDF text], a bill that would have allowed Colorado voters in the upcoming November election to vote on the addition of a same-sex marriage ban to the state Constitution. The measure was killed Tuesday on a 6-5 party line division after Democrats declared that it was unconstitutional to write discrimination into the state Constitution. A spokesman for Equal Rights Colorado [advocacy website] said the state already had a Defense of Marriage Act passed in 2000 which already banned same-sex marriages, but supporters of the bill believed that the statute could be easily overturned. In last November's election, 11 states passed similar bans and there are currently 15 other states considering similar measures. AP has more.

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