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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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4.16.14

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

3.25.14

CDOC Takes Momentous Step Toward Providing Better Treatment to Prisoners with Serious Mental Illness

The Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) has released a new policy on the treatment of prisoners with serious mental illness that will go into effect on April 1, 2014.  The policy provides for increased out of cell time and individual therapeutic contacts for prisoners with serious mental illness and/or developmental disabilities housed in CDOC’s residential treatment programs (RTP).  The policy adopts a broadened definition of “serious mental illness” and mandates the following: Prisoners.... | Read More

3.24.14

After ACLU Letter, DISH Network Agrees to Accommodate Nursing Employees

DENVER – In response to a letter from the ACLU of Colorado, DISH Network has agreed to make several improvements on their accommodations for nursing mothers. On March 12, the ACLU of Colorado sent a letter of complaint to DISH Network documenting multiple failures to accommodate nursing mothers at DISH Network’s corporate headquarters in Englewood, where employees are forced to pump breast milk in front of their co-workers and supervisors without privacy screens or curtains, and at a DISH.... | Read More