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Mike Johnston on Civil Rights

 

 


Co-sponsored 2012 SB2: supported same-sex marriage

In 2012, a bill that would legalize civil unions for same-sex couples in Colorado died on the Republican-controlled state legislature floor. Then-Governor Hickenlooper called a special session of the legislature to make sure the bill passed, and it worked.

At the bill signing, the governor recalled a time when he promoted a gay employee to a manager position at his brewing company in the early '90s, despite complaints from customers. "They said they weren't going to come to our business anymore," the governor said. "One of our waitresses was standing beside me, and she said, 'You know, that's not going to bother any of us at all.'"

After signing the bill, Hickenlooper said, "It is a moment that the whole community has waited for, for so long." [Senate Bill 2, passed Senate 23-12 April 26, 2012; Sen. Mike Johnston co-sponsored SB2 and voted YES; bill died in Committee on May 15, 2012; then passed in 2013].

Source: Frank Olito, Insider.com, on Colorado voting record SB2 , Mar 26, 2019

Workplace discrimination law includes LGBTQ

Mike co-sponsored the legislation legalizing same-sex civil unions in advance of the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage. Mike co-sponsored legislation expanding creating the largest expansion of the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act in state history. This bill enabled victims of workplace discrimination to seek compensatory and punitive damages, and for the first time included those discriminated against for sexual orientation.
Source: 2018 Colorado Governor website MikeJohnstonForColorado.com , Sep 1, 2017

100% from Colorado LGBTQ group

He earned a 100% on One Colorado's legislative scorecard in 2016 (its first year). One Colorado is our state's largest advocacy organization dedicated to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Coloradans and their families.
Source: 2018 Colorado Governor website MikeJohnstonForColorado.com , Sep 1, 2017

Participated in Women's March in Denver

Q: You took part in the Women's March in Denver? Did that symbolize the kind of Colorado that you'd like to lead?

A: I found that event to be incredibly inspiring. It had the sense of a Colorado where everybody belongs--where people were inclusive about differences, where everybody was not only tolerated, but supported. I believe there's a way to both be different and be connected, and I think what you saw was a real strong engagement. I saw a bunch of my neighbors there who I know for a fact have not been engaged in politics before. They're just not political people, but they are people who feel that the brand their country has been given is not who they are, and they want to take ownership over this state speaking for them and speaking for their values and their background. This election was a wake-up call that we can't fundamentally leave the public square for other people to solve.

Source: Westword interview on 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial race , Jan 25, 2017

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