Colo. gay marriage backers watching Utah case

DENVER — A campaign to overturn Colorado’s ban on same sex marriage is on hold as backers wait to see the results of a federal ruling overturning a similar ban in Utah.

Jeremy Mathis of Aurora and Lisa Starcher of Colorado Springs began collecting signatures earlier this year for an initiative that would overturn the 2006 constitutional amendment passed by about 54 percent of voters. Mathis told the Aurora Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1fYEItT) they originally hoped to get the proposal on the 2014 ballot but later delayed that until 2016 since other groups have failed to help them collect the over 86,000 signatures required.

Now Mathis says they’ve stopped collecting signatures as they watch the unfolding of developments in Utah as well as New Mexico. New Mexico’s highest court legalized gay marriage last week.



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