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Governor vetoes bill barring gay rights discrimination

DENVER – Gov. Bill Owens vetoed a bill Friday that would have outlawed workplace discrimination against homosexuals, but he allowed another measure to become law adding gays and lesbians and the disabled to the list of people protected under the state’s existing hate crimes statutes.Owens, a Republican, said he vetoed the workplace discrimination bill because he considered it unnecessary and said it could force employers to spend large sums defending lawsuits.The veto drew strong criticism from gay rights groups, who said it did not make sense for Owens to let one bill protecting gays to become law and yet veto another.The issue has been contentious in Colorado since 1992, when voters approved a measure barring laws that protect gays from discrimination. The U.S. Supreme Court struck it down.Lawmakers approved the bill after a personal appeal from a lawmaker with a gay son, who objected after a conservative Republican attacked homosexuality as an “abomination.”


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