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Colorado group starts drive for amendment to ban gay marriage

DENVER – Saying they were motivated by love, a coalition of religious and family groups formally kicked off a drive Wednesday for an amendment to the state constitution that would bar gay marriage.Coloradans for Marriage submitted the proposed wording of the amendment to the Legislative Council office at the state Capitol, the first step toward getting it on the ballot this fall.The group’s president, Bishop Phillip H. Porter Jr., said the group was acting with “the love of a mother, the gentle guidance of a caring father” to preserve marriage and protect children.He said the proposed amendment was not about hatred toward gay people.”We can have it (love). We are all called to have that love even when it hurts us, even when it hurts others,” said Porter, of All Nations Church of God in Christ in Aurora, a Pentecostal church.”We live in a nation that wants no pain but all of the gain. We can’t have it both ways,” he said.The proposed amendment reads, “Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state.”Coloradans for Marriage includes churches, the Rocky Mountain Family Council and national groups such as Focus on the Family, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Association of Evangelicals, headed by Ted Haggard, pastor of Colorado Springs’ New Life Church.The group will need approval of the wording from the secretary of state and 68,000 valid signatures of registered voters to get the measure on the ballot.


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