Proposed gay marriage ban may allow some rights for gay couples |

Proposed gay marriage ban may allow some rights for gay couples

DENVER – Same sex-couples might still enjoy some legal protections under a proposed amendment to the state constitution that bans gay marriage, the leader of a group seeking to place the measure on the ballot this fall said Wednesday.Jon Paul, executive director of the newly formed Coloradans for Marriage, said the group is leaning toward a proposal that defines marriage as a union of one man and one woman, but does not ban legal recognition of domestic partnerships that offer inheritance rights and other benefits.That final language is expected by the end of the month. In the meantime, another group formed to fight the expected initiative began canvassing Denver neighborhoods this week to tell voters about discrimination that gay and lesbian couples face in areas like property inheritance and job discrimination. The effort will eventually be expanded across the state.

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