Senator Mark Udall says he’s pleased to see Congress one step closer to repealing the so called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the military…A military-style boot camp at Colorado’s Buena Vista prison is shutting down after disappointing recidivism rates and because of rising costs…Area firefighters are preparing for the coming summer months, and the [...]

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The Colorado Senate has unanimously approved a bill to help auto dealers who are dropped by carmakers…The archbishop of Denver is defending a decision by a Catholic school in Colorado not to allow two children to continue as students because their parents are a lesbian couple…and, workers hiked up the side a canyon today to [...]

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A Senate panel in Washington today held a hearing which addressed the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Senator Mark Udall (D) serves on that committee…and, state lawmakers rejected a proposal today to invest in a gold reserve.

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Today we hear from Blake Williams about his struggle to fit in. It’s a struggle that led him to step up when others like him were threatened.

(The “Citizen Report” is a collaboration between the Colorado Springs Gazette and KRCC. More information is available at the YourHub link at ColoradoSprings.com.)

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Governor Bill Ritter quietly signed a bill into law last Monday that will allow gay and lesbian state employees to share health benefits with their partners in the same way married couples already can. It’s one of a long list of state measures in recent years that grant additional protections and benefits to domestic partners. [...]

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A bill that would make it easier for gay, lesbian and other unmarried couples to plan their estates cleared the state senate on Monday with bi-partisan support. The measure is expected to head to the Governor’s desk shortly. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.

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A bill that would extend insurance benefits to same sex partners of state employees initially cleared the senate on Monday and is awaiting a final vote. It also touched off a values debate at the state capital about the morality of homosexuality. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.

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Today’s contribution comes from Chris Robertson. The southern Louisiana native moved to Colorado Springs in 1997, and currently works for the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado. In today’s “Citizen Report,” Robertson discusses the power of language.

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Amanda Udis-Kessler, Colorado College’s Director of Institutional Research and Planning, just published a new book titled Queer Inclusion in the United Methodist Church. Noel Black spoke with her about her about her approach to the subject and why she chose to write about it.

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A measure that aims to protect gay, bisexual and transgendered people from business and housing discrimination cleared both chambers of Colorado’s state house on Friday. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.

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