The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision creating “same-sex marriage” has resulted in conflicts in local communities, lawsuits and the resignation of clerks who claim it violates their religious rights.
Now, among the strategies to protect First Amendment rights are two proposed voter initiatives in Colorado. One would preserve the traditional definition of marriage by recognizing it as a “religious expression.” The other would require the state to establish a list of businesses willing to accommodate same-sex couples.
The proposals, filed by Littleton residents Gene Straub and D’Arcy Straub, a lawyer, each will need 98,000 signatures to be placed on the election ballot, the Denver Post reported.
The proposed constitutional amendment reads: “A marriage is recognized as a form of religious expression of the people of Colorado that shall not be abridged through the state prescribing or recognizing any law that implicitly or explicitly defines a marriage in opposition or agreement with any particular religious belief.”
The Post explained that any same-sex couple “married before the proposed amendment takes effect or in another state would have their relationship redefined as a civil union, which carries some but not all of the legal rights of marriage.”
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