The Colorado House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a civil unions bill by a 39-26 vote margin.
Sponsored by Sens. Pat Steadman and Lucia Guzman in the Senate, and Speaker Mark Ferrandino and Rep. Sue Schafer in the House of Representatives, the bill passed the senate last month 21-14, and today 39-26 in the house. Advocates at One Colorado worked tirelessly to secure passage of this bill. Gov. John Hickenlooper, a vocal supporter of the legislation, is expected to sign the bill into law immediately and couples will be able to apply for a civil union license beginning on May 1 as the state joins California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, and Rhode Island in recognizing some of the state-level spousal rights tosame-sex couples
We are proud that this debate was led by Colorado’s openly LGBT lawmakers and their allies,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute. ”Having a place at the table really matters.”
Really Chuck? Even if it’s at the end of the table with the UNEQUAL and SEPERATE seating?
Nick Kasa is a senior at the University of Colorado and was one of a few hundred players
who participated this week in the NFL Scouting Combine, that takes place in advance of April’s draft. Over the course of the Combine, participants submit themselves for a variety of physical and mental tests, as well as interviews with NFL recruiters. According to Kasa, it was during these interviews that the topic of his sexual preferences came up.
“[Teams] ask you like, ‘Do you have a girlfriend?’ Are you married?’ Do you like girls?’”Kasa told CJ and Kreckman of ESPN Radio Denver on Tuesday. “Those kinds of things, and you know it was just kind of weird. But they would ask you with a straight face, and it’s a pretty weird experience altogether.”
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Outsports the league is investigating: “Like all employers, our teams are expected to follow applicable federal, state and local employment laws. It is league policy to neither consider nor inquire about sexual orientation in the hiring process. In addition, there are specific protections in our collective bargaining agreement with the players that prohibit discrimination against any player, including on the basis of sexual orientation. We will look into the report on the questioning of Nick Kasa at the Scouting Combine. Any team or employee that inquires about impermissible subjects or makes an employment decision based on such factors is subject to league discipline.”
The sad thing about all this is that there are still no players in the NFL who are comfortable enough to say if they are gay.
Perhaps this is one of the reasons.
Note: Nick Kasa is 6’6″, weighs 260 lbs and is a tight end. *faints*
Thirty-seven years ago, in 1975 Richard Adams made history when he and his partner of four years, Anthony Sullivan, became one of the first gay couples in the country to be granted a marriage license Adams had hopes of saving his partner an Australian who had been in the country on a limited visa and was facing deportation by marrying him.
A Boulder, CO liberal county clerk Clela Rorex had decided to issue marriage licenses to gay couples after the Boulder district attorney’s office advised her that nothing in state law explicitly prohibited it.
Colorado’s attorney general later declared the Boulder marriages invalid. and Adams and Sullivan received a letter from the Immigration and Naturalization Service that denied Sullivan’s petition to stay in the country which shockingly read: “You have failed to establish that a bona fide marital relationship can exist between two faggots.”
The INS to this day has never apologized for the contents of the letter.
Adams took the INS to court in 1979, challenging the constitutionality of the denial. A federal district judge in Los Angeles upheld the INS decision, and Adams and Sullivan lost subsequent appeals.
In a second lawsuit, the couple argued that Sullivan’s deportation after an eight-year relationship with Adams would constitute an “extreme hardship.” In 1985 a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the hardship argument and opened the way for Sullivan to be sent back to Australia.
Because Australia had already turned down Adams’ request for residency in that country, the couple decided the only way they could stay together was to leave the U.S. In 1985, they flew to Britain and drifted through Europe for the next year.
“It was the most difficult period because I had to leave my family as well as give up my job of 18 1/2 years. It was almost like death,” Adams said in “Limited Partnership,” a documentary scheduled for release next year.
The pair ended their self-imposed exile after a year and came home. They lived quietly in Los Angeles to avoid drawing the attention of immigration officials, but in recent years began to appear at rallies supporting same-sex marriage.
The day before he died, Sullivan told his partner that the most important victory was that they were able to remain a couple.