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SB21-026: Restoration Of Honor Act

Bill Number: SB21-026
Year: 2021
ACLU Position: Support
Sponsors: D. Ortiz/D. Moreno

Description:

A person may have been discharged other than honorably from the
United States military due to the person’s sexual orientation or gender
identity or expression; statements, consensual sexual conduct, or
consensual acts relating to sexual orientation or gender identity or
expression; or the disclosure of statements, conduct, or acts that were
prohibited by the armed services at the time of discharge. Because of the
person’s discharge status as other than honorable, the person does not
qualify for certain Colorado state programs or benefits.

The bill establishes a discharged LGBT veteran status for the
purposes of Colorado law. A person discharged for the reasons described
above is eligible to be a discharged LGBT veteran. A person who
received a dishonorable discharge from the United States military is not
eligible to qualify as a discharged LGBT veteran.

Pursuant to a process established by the division of veterans
affairs, the board of veterans affairs determines whether a person
qualifies as a discharged LGBT veteran. This determination does not
change the veteran’s official character of discharge on the veteran’s
discharge paperwork, nor does it affect a person’s eligibility for federal
veterans programs or benefits.

The bill amends various existing state programs and benefits to
make a discharged LGBT veteran eligible for those programs and
benefits


Current Status:

Governor Signed (04/19/2021)



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