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Vito Marzano Wins First Battle Against Gay Bear Bar He Says Is Biased Against Effeminate Men

When does a dress code enter into the realm of discrimination? That's among the questions addressed in a ruling by the Colorado Division of Civil Rights on a complaint from Vito Marzano, who says Denver Wrangler, a gay club that reportedly caters to the bear subculture, exhibited bias by refusing to let him enter while dressed in drag.

In a letter on view below, regulator Steven Chavez finds evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Denver Wrangler and orders the opposing parties to begin mediation -- a determination that thrills Marzano and others who've taken part in a boycott campaign against the venue. Continue for details, photos, videos and the original document.

See also: Masterpiece Cakeshop: Civil Rights Commission Finds Bakery Discriminated Against Gay Couple

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