Indiana’s recent passage of their state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act has made headlines across the country. How do Colorado’s laws compare? Colorado law is actually very much the opposite of Indiana’s — here in Colorado, “places of public accommodation” are prohibited from discriminating against, including refusing to do business with, persons based on “disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, or ancestry.” Senate Bill 08-200 expanded Colorado’s definitions of discrimination, and is now in statute as C.R.S. 24-34-601. Colorado legislators introduced House Bill 15-1171 this session, a measure which was somewhat similar to Indiana’s, but it was killed in committee. For more information on discrimination or to send a complaint, visit the Colorado Civil Rights Division.
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