Daniel Ramos, executive director of One Colorado, was nice enough to give me a call this morning and offer a deeper explanation for the dual endorsements in House District 17.
The One Colorado PAC, he says, really just looked at candidates' positions on two issues, which are One Colorado's legislative priorities. The first is the ongoing effort to ban gay conversion therapy — or therapy that seeks to convince people to change their sexual preference or gender identity. The second is the effort to pass a law that allows transgender people to change the gender on their birth certificates.
Ramos says that both Roupe and Exum support those bills. Roupe, who has been in the state legislature for the past two years, has voted in favor of the birth certificate bill, Ramos says, but was absent during the vote on conversion therapy.
The endorsements, Ramos says, offer a way for voters to make "sure that the candidates support One Colorado’s legislative priorities, and both candidates do.”
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One Colorado, an LGBTQ advocacy group, has released endorsements for the 2016 election in Colorado. The 50 candidates for the Colorado legislature were deemed to be "pro-equality."
But if you're hoping that list might help you decide who to vote for in House District 17, well, don't. One Colorado has oddly endorsed both the Democrat, Tony Exum, and the Republican, Rep. Kit Roupe, in that race.
So how did that happen? Well, apparently, both candidates have supported the legislation and issues that One Colorado has monitored. (Exum is a former representative in the district, which tends to see-saw between political parties every election.)
Daniel Ramos, Executive Director of One Colorado, has this to say in a press release:
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Coloradans and their families know how important elections are — and we've seen firsthand the difference a pro-equality majority can make in the Colorado legislature. For the past two years, we've watched every bill that would improve the lives of LGBTQ Coloradans get voted down in our state legislature. We are happy to endorse a bipartisan group of pro-equality candidates and look forward to working with them on their campaigns.
Every candidate we have endorsed will be a champion for LGBTQ Coloradans and their families in the legislature. It is important we keep working to move our state forward — by removing everyday barriers transgender Coloradans face, banning the harmful practice of conversion therapy, and making sure religious exemption bills don't become law — so that no part of our community is left behind.
Here are the endorsements: