Politics

Ten Terrible Legal Moments for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual People in Colorado

Between legal weed and eco-friendly businesses, Colorado's enthusiasm for green rivals none. But break out the pink and rainbows and the state suddenly gets squeamish. Even before the word "homosexuality" was invented in the late nineteenth century (French philosopher Michel Foucault argued that it first appeared in 1870), the newly formed territory of Colorado had already ensured sodomy was against the law.

In the years since then, Colorado's legislature and voters have attempted to criminalize sodomy, cunnilingus, fellatio and sex toys. In 1992, voters passed a constitutional amendment blocking equal-opportunity legislation protecting sexual orientation; in 2006, voters banned same-sex marriage -- a last hurrah of anti-LGBT political crusaders. To see how far Colorado has come -- and where it still should go -- here's our list of the state's ten most hostile laws toward same-sex sexuality.

See also: The Fight Over Same-Sex Marriage Made This a Long, Hot Summer for Colorado AG John Suthers

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Kyle Harris has been Westword’s Culture Editor since 2016, writing about the arts, music and film.
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