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Colorado Natural Marriage And Adoption Act

Concerning promoting the formation of the natural family structure, and, in connection therewith, enforcing state law that marriage is between one man and one woman and restricting adoption of children by spouses in a marriage and partners in a civil union to those marriages and civil unions that consist of one man and one woman.
2020 Regular Session
Children & Domestic Matters
Courts & Judicial
Human Services
Bill Summary

The bill permits a clerk to issue a license to marry and a marriage certificate only upon satisfactory proof that the marriage will be between one man and one woman, regardless of judicial decisions to the contrary.

The bill authorizes a court, county department, or licensed child placement agency to approve an adoptive placement of a child only with prospective parents whose marriage consists of one man and one woman, or whose civil union, if it were considered a marriage, is only between one man and one woman, regardless of any judicial decisions to the contrary, and to allow stepparent adoptions only to a parent who is in a marriage or civil union that is between one man and one woman.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)




Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Rep. S. Humphrey


Rep. M. Baisley, Rep. S. Sandridge, Rep. D. Williams


The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details