Rocky Endorses Ref. I, Gay Marriage Ban

The traditionally conservative Rocky Mountain News endorsed Referendum I today, a measure that would give gay and lesbian couples legal rights under domestic partnerships.

In the paper’s editorial announcing the choice, the paper acknowledged that gay and lesbian partners do face legal obstacles, and that Referendum I would “level the playing field.”
The Rocky also came out in support of Amendment 43, which is a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between one man and one woman.

From the editorial:

Moreover, Ref I does not confer on gay couples the very important federal benefits associated with marriage; nor does it mean that a Colorado domestic partnership must be recognized by other states. In those senses, Ref I truly doesn’t create the equivalent of a parallel marriage.

Ref I is the proper response to the legitimate aspirations of gay and lesbian Coloradans. Amendment 43 is a reasonable attempt by other Coloradans to preserve their right to define marriage as this state’s citizens see fit.

We hope both pass on Nov. 7.

Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature. Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state. Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters. She can be reached at