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Stu Allen, a 23-year-old golf club salesman from Lakewood, and his high school pal, Hallie Atencio, were inspired by Kristi Burton, the 20-year-old Peyton woman who brought an amendment to the ballot last year that, had it passed, would have defined a fertilized egg as a person. Allen and Atencio aren’t backing that idea. They just appreciate Burton’s moxie and now want to change Colorado’s constitution to recognize marriage as a union between consenting adults, regardless of gender, according to the Rocky Mountain News.

The measure, which could hit the ballot in 2010, would challenge the state’s Amendment 43, passed in 2006, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman. Allen says gays and lesbians should have the same rights as he and his girlfriend if they decided to get married. Perhaps the political winds are shifting. Late last week, Wyoming lawmakers defeated a bill that would have constitutionally defined marriage in a manner similar to Colorado’s, according to the Advocate. Wyoming already bans gay marriage, but bill supporters argued a constitutional amendment was needed.

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