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Sexual orientation discrimination laws in colorado


Same-sex sexual activity is legal in Colorado and the state recognizes same-sex marriages. In sodomy was made illegal in Colorado — then the Jefferson Territory — under its first criminal code, which indirectly prohibited sodomy by expressly recognizing English common law, under which the maximum penalty for sodomy was death.

Inthe United States Congress created the Colorado Territory, whose government enacted a criminal code that punished sodomy, defined by English common law, with penalties ranging from one year to life in prison. InColorado enacted a psychopathic offender law that provided for indefinite institutionalization for committing sex crimes, thus putting homosexuals in the same category as rapists and child molesters.

Inthe Colorado Supreme Court ruled that the ban also included cunnilingus. In Colorado revised its penal code Sexual orientation discrimination laws in colorado decriminalized sodomy in cases that involved non-commercial, private acts between consenting adults. The Colorado Supreme Court struck down that statute in Inthe Boulder County Clerk issued marriage licenses to several same-sex couples after the local district attorney interpreted Colorado's statutes, which used the phrase "any two persons", to be gender-neutral with respect to marriage.

The state attorney general issued a contrary opinion that those marriages were invalid. Howertonin federal court.

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