Statement regarding Colorado politics

Eric.M.Aupperle at Eric.M.Aupperle at
Fri Jan 15 01:06:10 UTC 1993

 Statement Regarding the Upcoming Regional Techs Meeting 
 and "Amendment 2" in Colorado
 In light of the upcoming Regional Techs Meeting to be 
 held in Boulder, Merit, an employer that does not 
 discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, wishes
 to acknowledge the current political situation in Colorado. 
 As many of you know, the voters of Colorado passed 
 "Amendment 2" in the November 1992 national election. 
 As a result of this amendment being passed, a national 
 boycott of Colorado by various groups and individuals is 
 underway and some Merit staff who would otherwise have 
 attended the Regional Techs meeting have chosen to honor 
 the boycott and will not be in Boulder. Others who do 
 attend will use the opportunity to gain more knowledge 
 about the issues. 
 Similar grassroots movements have begun in other states 
 so all of us may soon be confronted with similar choices.
 The Colorado amendment reads as follows:
 "Neither the State of Colorado, through any of its 
 branches or departments, nor any of its agencies, 
 political subdivisions, municipalities or school 
 districts, shall enact, adopt or enforce any statute, 
 regulation, ordinance or policy whereby homosexual, 
 lesbian, or bisexual orientation, conduct, practices or 
 relationships shall constitute or otherwise be the basis 
 of or entitle any person or class of persons to have or 
 claim any minority status, quota preferences, protected 
 status, or claim of discrimination."
 Eric Aupperle

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