Clela Rorex Planted the Flag for Same-Sex Marriage in Boulder Forty Years Ago

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On June 25, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Utah's gay-marriage ban, setting a precedent for states in its jurisdiction, including Colorado, where voters had adopted a ban on same-sex marriages in 2006. Hours later, Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall began issuing same-sex marriage licenses. For weeks, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers threatened Hall with legal action for violating state law. Her office warded him off in court and issued over 200 licenses before the Colorado Supreme Court finally announced on July 29 that it would consider Suthers's arguments in late 2014 -- and ordered Hall to stop issuing licenses in the meantime. Meanwhile, the Utah case has been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

This summer, Clela Rorex has been watching history repeat itself. Thirty-nine years ago, she was not just the first Boulder county clerk to issue same-sex marriage licenses, but the first clerk to do so anywhere in the country.

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GMO labeling proposal could join Personhood, racetrack casinos on ballot

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No-GMO supporters delivered more than 167,000 signatures.
The last of the petitions pushing citizens initiatives were delivered to Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler's office last Monday. In the coming weeks, Gessler and his staff will determine which campaigns gathered the 86,105 valid signatures required to get their proposals on the ballot. After a busy season that saw dozens of meastures proposed and then pulled -- including four at the last minute in a controversial fracking compromise -- what's left?

See also: Election Activists Have Some Primary Problems with Colorado's System

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Fracking Compromise: Savvy Solution or Sellout?

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There's plenty of back-patting going on today in the smoke-free back rooms where politics thrives like spores in agar, after an eleventh-hour deal was forged by Governor John Hickenlooper, Representative Jared Polis and others to remove four initiatives dealing with oil and gas development from the November ballot. The move short-circuits what promised to be a costly and ugly campaign, with plenty of heated rhetoric and exaggerated claims on both sides. But the relief among industry interests hailing this "balanced" compromise is more than matched by the bitterness of grassroots anti-fracking groups, howling that Polis and the "Fracker in Chief" are giving us the business -- again.

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Marijuana: Pennsylvania senator toked up during state-funded pot visit to Colorado

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Daylin Leach as seen in one of his campaign videos.
Legal cannabis has attracted a wide variety of tourists to Colorado who might not have come to the state otherwise -- including Pennsylvania State Senator Daylin Leach. But Leach's trip was work-related. He and a few staff members recently spent three days here in order to inhale as much information they possibly could about the state's cannabis industry.

And yes, we're using the word "inhale" literally.

See Also: "Video: Obama at Wazee Supper Club asked, 'Want a hit, man?' "

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Election activists have some primary problems with Colorado's system

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Unaffiliated voter, are you sorry you didn't get a chance to vote for Tom Tancredo?
Colorado's primary was a month ago, and the candidates who triumphed in that round are racing toward the November 4 election. But 35 percent of the active voters in Colorado had no real say because they are unaffiliated. And although a voter can affiliate with a party in order to vote in a party's primary, that's not a fair solution, says Gwen Ballard -- an active and definitely unaffiliated voter.

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Protesters ready to line up against Ted Nugent

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Ted Nugent's remarks about the president and gun control have some calling him a patriot and others calling him a bigot.
Ted Nugent used to be known for iconic guitar riffs and songs about getting laid, but now he makes headlines with his extreme political views -- often peppered with vulgarity. Nugent's remarks about certain Democrats and hot topics like immigration have made him a divisive figure (to say the least) and you can expect some heated dissent at his concert tonight at the Gothic Theater.

See also: "Ted Nugent called Hillary Clinton a "toxic c*nt"...eighteen years ago"

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Two proposals to clean up the courts -- and throw out bad judges

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Attorney Chris Forsyth thinks that Colorado courts need to change the way they do business, and the best way to do that is to start with cleaning up the bench, he says. If they make the November ballot and are passed by voters, Initiatives 79 and 94 would create different ways of getting rid of bad judges -- one through an independent ethics committee, the other through the will of the voters. And either way, Colorado could throw the bums out...

See also: Inside fracking initiatives 88 and 89, which Hick had hoped to keep off the ballot

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Initiative #124 would give school boards and unions a lesson in transparency

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By next Monday, all signatures for potential ballot initiatives are due at the Colorado Secretary of State's office. At least 86,105 legitimate signatures are needed to put a citizens initative before the voters on November 4, and several efforts are still collecting signatures. One of those is Initiative 124, which would open school-board meetings to a wider audience.

See also: Henry World Middle School staffers ask Denver Public Schools to oust their vice principal

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Why same-sex marriage won't be on the crowded November ballot

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Jeremy Mathis with wife and daughter Coy at a press conference last summer.
Jeremy Mathis is a strong supporter of LGBTQ rights. Early last year, Mathis and his wife filed a complaint against the school that their transgender daughter, Coy, attended in Colorado Springs, because the school would not let her use the female bathroom. The school reversed its decision, but the fight for equality wasn't over for Mathis, who explored filing a citizen initiative that would take on the Colorado's constitutional ban against gay marriage -- itself the result of a citizen initiative.

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Cinema Q will chronicle Boulder's forty-year legacy of same-sex marriage

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Initiative 135 wins the gamble and makes the ballot as Amendment 68

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Coloradans for Better Schools Facebook page
On Monday, July 28, what had been initiative 135 officially became Amendment 68, after the Colorado Secretary of State Office's announced that it had reviewed the more than 136,000 petition signatures the campaign had submitted, and deemed enough valid to put the measure on the November 4 ballot.

See also: Initiative #135 would legalize casinos at racetracks: Yea or neigh?

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