House Democrats React to SCOTUS Decision in Masterpiece Cake Case

June 4, 2018

 (June 4) – In the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Masterpiece case, House Democrats released statements reacting to the decision: “While I’m disappointed that we didn’t see a clear decision in support of civil rights today, it’s important to recognize that this is a narrow holding, and our statewide protections against

Signed: Civil Rights Protections for All Coloradans

May 22, 2018

(May 22) – Closing one of the more drawn-out dramas of the 2018 legislative session, Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed into law Speaker Crisanta Duran’s bill to continue the Colorado Civil Rights Division and the commission that supervises it. “There are times we must plant our feet and stand firm for a just result,” said

Bipartisan Accord Saves a Strong CCRD

May 10, 2018

(May 9) – After months of wrangling, Democrats finally secured a bipartisan, bicameral agreement tonight that preserves a strong and effective Colorado Civil Rights Division, which each year investigates hundreds of claims of discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on race, gender, disability, sexual orientation and other factors.   “I’m proud that we were able to

Speaker Duran & Rep. Herod Statement on CCRD

April 27, 2018

(April 27) – House Speaker Crisanta Duran, D-Denver and Rep. Leslie Herod, D-Denver issued the following statement regarding the Colorado Civil Rights Division and Commission: “We have always advocated for a clean reauthorization of the Commission because it is fulfilling its purpose – to ensure that Coloradans’ rights are protected regardless of where they’re from,

Herod Responds to Latest GOP Effort to Weaken CCRD

April 20, 2018

(April 19) – Rep. Leslie Herod said today that she shares concerns about a continuing Republican effort to weaken the Colorado Civil Rights Division. Rep. Herod, D-Denver, is a prime sponsor, with Speaker Crisanta Duran, of HB18-1256, a bill to continue the CCRD, a resource for individuals who face discrimination, including Coloradans of color, LGBTQ

Duran Voices ‘Serious Concerns’ on CCRD Changes

April 19, 2018

(April 19) – Speaker Crisanta Duran reacted today to Senate amendments to HB18-1256, a bill to continue the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and Civil Rights Division. Here is her statement: “Our goal is to ensure that Coloradans have the right to work and live in Colorado without fear of discrimination and harassment in their jobs

Civil Rights Division Bill Passes House

March 21, 2018

(March 21) – House Democrats overcame a continuing Republican attack on the Colorado Civil Rights Division and the commission that oversees it when a bill to continue the agency passed the House today on a 36-26 vote. HB18-1256, sponsored by Speaker Crisanta Duran and Rep. Leslie Herod, reauthorizes the CCRD, which each year investigates hundreds

‘Conversion Therapy’ Ban Passes First Committee 

March 20, 2018

‘Conversion Therapy’ Ban Passes First Committee (March 20) – A bill by Reps. Paul Rosenthal and Dafna Michaelson Jenet to ban so-called “conversion therapy” on minors passed the House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee today. “Conversion therapy” is a dangerous and discredited practice aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation or suppressing a

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