(Promoted by Colorado Pols)
These leaders from across Colorado are joining together to move marriage forward, stating their commitment to equality for all compels them to publicly advocate for marriage equality.
They are standing on the right side of history. They know it’s a matter of when – not if – marriage equality will be achieved in the Centennial State.
Former Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, Terrance Carroll, spoke to why he supports the freedom to marry:
Here in Colorado, we continue to fight for full equality for all people. Gay and lesbian Coloradans are part of our families and our community – they are our sons and daughters, sisters and brothers, cousins, aunts and uncles. Many more are our friends, neighbors and co-workers. Marriage gives committed couples the tools and security to build a life together and protect their families, and no one should be denied that fundamental freedom.
Denver Public School Board member Rosemary Rodriguez also spoke on behalf of valuing all families in our state:
Through my work on the Denver Public School Board, I have met many same-sex couples and their families who are impacted every day by their inability to marry in our state. Parents have expressed the need to protect their children – and without marriage, they do not have access to these protections. It is my duty as a community leader to advocate for these families.
The list of community leaders to voice their support include:
Former Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives and community leader Terrance Carroll
State Rep. Rhonda Fields, Speaker Pro Tempore of the Colorado House of Representatives and community leader
Denver City Councilman and community leader Paul D. López
Rosemary Rodriguez, Denver Public School Board member and community leader
Scott L. Levin, Mountain States Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League
Rabbi Steven Foster and former state Senator Joyce Foster, Jewish community leaders
Moses Brewer, community leader
Amanda Gonzalez, Executive Director of the Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy and Research Organization
A strong majority of Coloradans already supports the freedom to marry for same-sex couples, showing what we already know: Colorado is ready for marriage equality. Colorado families from all walks of life are harmed by not having the freedom to marry, and by elevating their voices, these community leaders help make a strong case that now is the time for the freedom to marry.
We have led the country on so many other issues and intend on staying ahead of the curve. Colorado is better. Remember: it's when, not if.