same-sex marriage in Colorado planned to turn in more
than 133,000 petition signatures on Monday in hopes of
putting a measure on the November ballot to define
marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
State law already contains that definition, but the proposal
by Coloradans for Marriage would add it to the state
constitution, where it would be tougher to change.
Monday was the
deadline for proponents to submit voter signatures to the
secretary of state to get measures before the voters in
November. Each group needs about 68,000 verified
signatures of registered Colorado voters to win a slot
on the ballot. At least 18 measures could go before
voters, including four on same-sex marriage.
were placed on the ballot by lawmakers. Two would
establish legal domestic partnerships, giving gay couples
some of the legal rights and benefits that married
couples have. One was placed on the ballot by the
legislature; another is proposed by Coloradans for
Fairness, which planned to turn in its petition signatures
Monday. Another would amend the state constitution to
prohibit state and local governments from creating or
recognizing a legal status similar to marriage. (AP)