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Colorado’s History From ‘Hate State’ To Marriage Equality

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16min 29sec
Greg Wertsch Mark Ferrandino, Lila
Courtesy Mark Ferrandino
Greg Wertsch and Mark Ferrandino and their daughter Lila.

The marriage of Governor Jared Polis to First Gentleman Marlon Reis would have been illegal in Colorado as recently as 2014. We get perspective on the legal journey toward marriage equality with Mark Ferrandino, who was the first openly gay speaker of the Colorado House and successfully fought for civil unions before gay marriage became legal.