Republicans commit to funding Civil Rights Commission, but have changes in mind

Rep. Leslie Herod, D-Denver, the first black lesbian elected to the state legislature, rallied a crowd on the west steps, citing Colorado’s history of protecting civil rights. She gave a shout out to former Denver mayor and state legislator Wellington Webb, who stood behind her, for introducing the first bill outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation in the state legislature in 1975.

“That’s the Colorado way,” Herod told the crowd numbering over one hundred. “We will not go backward.”

Republicans say they are committed to funding the commission, but want to change who serves on the commission and how members are appointed.

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