The Centennial State actually has a lot to be proud of when it comes to sexual freedom. Ours was the first state to give the vote to women. (Actually Wyoming did it first, but Wyoming was a territory at the time). Colorado also was the first state to legalize no-fault divorces and abortions. The cities of Boulder and Denver were among the first in the country to push anti-gay discrimination legislation.
Yeah, we've also got that ugly Amendment 2 mess in our history, and we're also responsible for James Dobson, Focus on the Family, Ted Haggard, and Marilyn Musgrave. Still, all in all, Colorado's a great place to live.
this is mindblowing.
GOP gay-rights foe says homosexuality is a sin like adultery, murder
February 23, 2009 - 4:46 PM
DENVER • Debating a gay-rights bill on the floor of the state Senate on Monday, a Republican lawmaker took the rhetoric to new heights by equating homosexuality as a sin with murder.
"I'm not saying this (homosexuality) is the only sin that's out there," said Sen. Scott Renfroe, R-Greeley. "We have murder. We have all sorts of sin. We have adultery. And we don't make laws making those legal, and we would never think to make murder legal."
Other Republicans said the bill, which would allow partners of gay state employees to be covered by health care benefits, is an attempt by Democrats to chip away at a constitutional amendment voters passed in 2006 defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
Renfroe called homosexuality an "abomination" and an "offense to God" and argued that God created men and women so they would procreate.
He compared the nuclear family structure to the Holy Trinity and, quoting the book of Genesis, said women had been created to be "helpers" for men.
Senate Democrats defended the bill as a matter of equal rights. The bill's sponsor, Sen. Jennifer Veiga, D-Denver, is openly gay.
"You say, up here at this microphone, that God created us in a certain structure," Veiga said.
"I will stand here today and tell you that God also created me. And the last time I checked, I am who I am, people."
And then there's this...
Schultheis: HIV testing for pregnant moms rewards ‘sexual promiscuity’
By Ernest Luning 2/25/09 1:05 PM
Democrats were outraged Wednesday morning when Republican state Sen. Dave Schultheis said he planned to vote against a bill to require HIV tests for pregnant women because the disease “stems from sexual promiscuity” and he didn’t think the Legislature should “remove the negative consequences that take place from poor behavior and unacceptable behavior.” The Colorado Springs lawmaker then proceeded to cast the lone vote against SB 179, which passed 32-1 and moves on to the House.
Not content to be a world-class asshole, Sen. Schultheis decided to go for galaxy-sized status later in the day.
UPDATED: State senator: HIV babies are punishment for promiscuous moms
By Wendy Norris 2/25/09 4:25 PM
State Sen. Dave Schultheis restated his opposition to a bill requiring HIV tests for pregnant women by claiming that infected babies would cause families to “see the negative consequences of that promiscuity.”
The Colorado Springs Republican with a penchant for foot-in-mouth moments tells The Rocky Mountain News in a follow-up story to Wednesday’s Senate floor controversy:“What I’m hoping is that, yes, that person may have AIDS, have it seriously as a baby and when they grow up, but the mother will begin to feel guilt as a result of that,” he said. “The family will see the negative consequences of that promiscuity and it may make a number of people over the coming years begin to realize that there are negative consequences and maybe they should adjust their behavior.”Yes, Schultheis really said he is “hoping” people “have AIDS, have it seriously as a baby …”
So let me say on behalf of the enormous majority of Coloradoans who AREN'T fucking idiots, please don't hold the supreme, cruel stupidity of two shit-for-brains knuckle-dragging buttheads against the rest of us.
We're really a very nice place to live.