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  • Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley spoke at the marriage equality rally on March 3rd

  • Leisel Kemp, whose brother Jason was killed by CSP after they entered his home without a warrant, spoke at the 2013 Bill of Rights Dinner about the ACLU’s legal advocacy on behalf of her family.

  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind is an original short film from the ACLU of Colorado about a man who has spent 17 years in solitary confinement and now suffers from debilitating mental illness.

  • A small sampling of the many Coloradans who are grateful to our legislators for making civil unions happen last year.

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4.22.14

Prepared Remarks of Public Policy Director Denise Maes on SB14-64, Limiting the Use of Solitary Confinement for Mentally Ill Prisoners

The physical details of a person's daily experience in isolated confinement is worth examining.  The cells are a bit bigger than a king sized bed and the offender spends 22 plus hours a day there.  In this environment, you sleep, eat and defecate - one lives their entire daily life in that cell. In Colorado, the average length of time one remains in solitary confinement is approximately 14 months.  All experts agree that long-term isolation should not extend beyond 30 days. 30 days versus 14.... | Read More

4.21.14

Veterans Stand Up for Marriage Equality in New Ad from Why Marriage Matters Colorado

DENVER – In its ongoing work to demonstrate that the broad majority of Coloradans support the freedom to marry, today Why Marriage Matters Colorado, a coalition of state and national organizations, released a 30-second television spot featuring a group of local veterans standing up for their gay comrade in arms. The ad, launched on television statewide this morning, will air tonight during NBC’s “The Voice.” The spot features three military veterans who, together with their friend, U.S..... | Read More

4.16.14

Colorado Clergy and Faith Leaders from across the State Announce Their Support for the Freedom to Marry

On eve of oral arguments for Oklahoma’s marriage case before the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, coalition of 215 faith leaders say they support marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples DENVER – Why Marriage Matters Colorado, the broad coalition working to remove discrimination from Colorado’s constitution and secure the freedom to marry for all committed couples, today announced that a coalition of 215 clergy and faith leaders in Colorado support marriage equality. The.... | Read More

4.14.14

Senate passes ban on long-term solitary confinement of inmates with serious mental illness

Statement of ACLU of Colorado Public Policy Director Denise Maes "Today's unanimous passage of Senate Bill 64 is further evidence of a growing consensus among lawmakers, prison officials, and civil liberties advocates in Colorado that warehousing prisoners with mental illness in long-term solitary confinement is a cruel, costly, and unlawful practice that unnecessarily jeopardizes public safety. "The legislation, championed by Senator Jesse Ulibarri, solidifies and provides critical funding to.... | Read More

4.11.14

Prepared Remarks of ACLU Deputy Director Stephen Meswarb on SB 14-175, the Reproductive Health Freedom Act

Bill was heard by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on April 10, 2014 and was passed out of committee 4-3 Thank you Madam Chair and members of the committee.  My name is Stephen Meswarb.  I am the Deputy Director of the ACLU of Colorado, and I am here to speak on behalf of the ACLU in support of Senate Bill 175. The ACLU has consistently advocated for policies that support women’s decision making, advance women’s health and well-being, and ensure strong, healthy families..... | Read More

4.3.14

New Economic Study Finds Extending Marriage to Gay and Lesbian Couples in Colorado Would Add $50 Million to State Economy and $3.7 Million in State and Local Tax Revenue

DENVER — Why Marriage Matters Colorado, the broad coalition working to remove discrimination from Colorado’s constitution and secure the freedom to marry for all committed couples, announced today that a new economic study released by the Williams Institute shows that extending marriage to gay and lesbian couples in Colorado would generate $50 million in spending to the state economy and $3.7 million in state and local tax revenue. The Williams Institute, a national think tank at the UCLA.... | Read More