Founded in 1992 to oppose the anti-gay Colorado constitutional Amendment 2, the Legal & Advocacy program began as the Colorado Legal Initiatives Project (CLIP). CLIP filed the historic U.S. Supreme Court case of Romer v. Evans (1996) which successfully argued that Amendment 2 and its attempt to preclude all legislative, executive, or judicial action to protect LGBT people was unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment.
Today, The Center’s Legal Program is the only legal project in Colorado dedicated solely to the equality and dignity of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. We work to protect and further the legal rights of LGBT Coloradoans through strategic partnerships, educational initiatives, and legal referral services.
The Center’s Legal Program partners with local and national legislative, social, and legal organizations which advocate on behalf of the LGBT community. Past partners include: One Colorado, Lambda Legal, Anti-Defamation League, American Civil Liberties Union, Colorado Progressive Coalition, Colorado Anti-Violence Program, Gill Action Fund, and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Defamation.
When the Colorado’s courts and legislature create laws impacting LGBT Coloradans, The Center undertakes the responsibility of educating the community through various campaigns and initiatives which clarify the changing legal landscape. Most recently, The Center highlighted several 2013 legislative changes in the Rights 5 Campaign and the 2014 Colorado marriage equality litigation.
Community members in need of legal services can contact The Center’s 24/7 Legal Helpline to obtain direct referrals to Colorado attorneys knowledgeable of and sensitive to LGBT legal issues. The Legal Helpline facilitates over 400 inquiries each year and ensures that our community members have a simple and effective pipeline to LGBT friendly attorneys in Colorado.