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U.S. Rep. Jared Polis said he was happy -- but not very happy -- President Barack Obama would be extending certain benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees Wednesday afternoon. The openly gay Boulder Democrat, who a day earlier ripped the Obama administration’s defense of a federal law banning same-sex marriage, told The Colorado Independent the federal benefits extension amounted to "a far cry from the equality we seek."
U.S. Rep. Jared Polis issued a blistering statement Tuesday afternoon condemning the Obama administration's defense of the federal law banning same-sex marriage. The openly gay Boulder Democrat said his "sadness turned to outrage" when he read a controversial Department of Justice brief filed in federal court to dismiss a legal challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act.
Republican 2nd Congressional District candidate Scott Starin balks at the notion of amending the U.S. Constitution, an action he says should not be taken lightly. But when it comes to same-sex marriage, he would be willing to make an exception. “At the federal level, I always am hesitant to amend the Constitution; there’s a reason it’s only been amended a few times in our 230-year-plus history,” said Starin, who’s running against openly gay Democrat Jared Polis in the left-leaning district that includes Boulder.