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Gay rights group in Colorado promises 2016 marriage initiative

By: Associated Press
March 3, 2014 Updated: March 3, 2014 at 4:38 pm
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photo - The first couple married in Minneapolis Cathy ten Broeke and Margaret Miles cut their wedding cake at The Hotel Minneapolis Thursday Aug. 1, 2013. Many couples are staying one block away at The Hotel Minneapolis which is putting on a complimentary reception with many donated services from the community. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will marry 42 same-sex couples in the Minneapolis City Hall Rotunda, starting at 12:00 midnight on August 1, the first day that all Minnesota couples will enjoy the freedom to marry. (AP Photo/Star Tribune, Glen Stubbe)
The first couple married in Minneapolis Cathy ten Broeke and Margaret Miles cut their wedding cake at The Hotel Minneapolis Thursday Aug. 1, 2013. Many couples are staying one block away at The Hotel Minneapolis which is putting on a complimentary reception with many donated services from the community. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will marry 42 same-sex couples in the Minneapolis City Hall Rotunda, starting at 12:00 midnight on August 1, the first day that all Minnesota couples will enjoy the freedom to marry. (AP Photo/Star Tribune, Glen Stubbe) 

DENVER — Gay rights groups promise that same sex marriage is coming to Colorado, either through the courts or the ballot box.

They pledged at a rally Monday to pursue a ballot measure in 2016 to legalize gay marriage unless courts strike down Colorado's ban on the practice first. Two lawsuits are making their way through state court to do just that.

Judges have struck down gay marriage bans in several conservative states recently. The appeals of those rulings will be heard in a federal court in Denver.

But gay marriage supporters say if they lose in court they will go to the ballot box to overturn the gay marriage ban Colorado voters passed in 2006.

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