All six GOP sponsored anti’LGBT bills were killed last night in committee after a grueling 12-hour overnight comment session.
The bills, had they passed, would have made life immeasurably harder, possibly intolerable for LGBTQ Coloradans, especially youth. Although they had no chance in either House and a promise of a veto by the Governor, they serve as a reminder of how much conservatives, newly emboldened by Trump, hate LGBTQ people.
“This is the most aggressive slate of anti-LGBTQ legislation introduced in the past decade. In the first few weeks of this legislative session, we have seen attacks on transgender Coloradans, same-sex parents, LGBTQ youth, and the list goes on. These bills do not represent who we are as Coloradans, and One Colorado will fight these bills every step of the way.” said One Colorado Executive Director, Daniel Ramos.
The six bills comprising the ‘Slate of Hate’ are now officially dead according to LegiScan.
- HB 1273 “Equality And Fairness In Youth Sports Act” prohibiting MTF transgender students in grades 6 through 12 from participating in girls sports.
- HB 1114 “Protection of Minors from Mutilation and Sterilization” making transgender affirming healthcare for youth a Felony Three in Colorado, which carries up to 12 years in prison and a $750,000 fine.
- HB 1144 A bill that would have made it more difficult for LGBTQ youth to seek physical and mental health care services exacerbating the already unconscionably high suicide rate among LGBTQ teens.
- HB 1033 “Live and Let Live Act” A bill to strip legal rights of LGBTQ Coloradans regarding adoption and foster care, healthcare, housing, employment, and public spaces on the basis of religious freedom.
- HB 1063 A bill to make it harder for LGBTQ minors trying to legally escape abusive homes.
- HB 1272 declares that existing Colorado law, which defines valid marriage as between one man and one woman, should be enforced as written—noting that the United States Supreme Court should refrain from imposing a redefinition of marriage on the entire country. The bill additionally restricts adoption to prospective parents whose marriage consists of one man and one woman.
After 12 hours of testimony that went into early Friday morning, they were all voted down by the State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee along party lines, a nearly certain conclusion for the bills deemed hostile by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Coloradans.
Even though we killed these anti-LGBTQ bills, we need to remember that LGBTQ people still see these hateful ideas and hear the discriminatory rhetoric. We need to continue spreading love and hope, not hate. #coleg #copolitics #LGBTQyouth #hateday #LGBTQ https://t.co/icHJ24bk9F
— One Colorado (@One_Colorado) February 15, 2020