Would This Proposed Ballot Initiative End Marriage In Colorado?

July 8, 2015
A Littleton couple filed a ballot initiatives last Thursday aimed at the recently gained same-sex marriage rights, reports the Denver Post. Some say that the proposed change to the Colorado constitution would end not just same-sex marriages, but all marriages in Colorado if made law. 
Gene Straub and D'Arcy Straub submitted the proposal to redefine same-sex marriages as civil unions. The wording may obscure that intention according to a writer at at the left-of-center blog Think Progress.
The ballot limits the state from recognizing or enacting any law that "defines a marriage in opposition or agreement with any particular religious belief."
That wording could be interpreted to mean the end of marriages that defy a religious definition of marriage. Same-sex, interracial marriages and other types of matrimony offend religious definitions, so they would be redefined as civil unions. Strangely, the language also bans marriages that fit religious definitions, so traditional marriage between men and women could also be out. 
The initiative would face serious legal and procedural hurdles. To make the ballot, the initiative requires 98,492 signatures from registered voters. And even if the marriage initiative won in 2016, the recent Supreme Court decision affirming same-sex marriage as a right could strike it down. 

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