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The Freethinkers of Colorado Springs is a 100% volunteer Colorado nonprofit charitable organization and a US IRS 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 1993 in response to Colorado's infamous "Amendment 2," which amended the Colorado Constitution to prohibit "any statute, regulation, ordinance or policy" through which gays, lesbians, or bisexuals could "have or claim any minority status, quota preferences, protected status or claim of discrimination." Amendment 2 (also known as "Initiative 2") was adopted after a voter referendum, and remains a part of the Colorado Constitution to this day as Section 30b. However, Amendment 2 never became law in Colorado because an emergency injunction prevented it from being enacted initially, and Section 30b of the Colorado Constitution was declared unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court. The 1996 Romer vs. Evans Supreme Court Decision ruled (6-3) that Amendment 2 violated the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution because it explicit[ly] "prohibits all legislative, executive or judicial action at any level of state or local government designed to protect the named class."
In addition to providing support, community, and project funding to those dedicated to human autonomy and freedom, since 1993 the Freethinkers of Colorado Springs have worked to advocate the use of reason, defend the separation of church and state, and support interpersonal dialogue, non-violence, human rights, civil rights, reproductive rights, and equality for all. The Freethinkers of Colorado Springs value objective, falsifiable points of view verified by engineering, logic, mathematics, and science rather than subjective beliefs stemming from authority, emotion, dogma, or tradition. The Freethinkers of Colorado Springs have worked to advance these goals and points of view through this freethinkerscs.org website (since ~1998), the monthly (weekly when finances allow) Freethought Views "advertorial" column in the Colorado Springs Independent (since 1999), and more recently through accounts on social media sites including Meetup, Twitter, and Facebook. The Freethinkers of Colorado Springs appears to be one of the oldest secular organizations in the state of Colorado.
No matter whether you have contributed to the Freethinkers of Colorado Springs over the last 25 years by reading Freethought Views, providing feedback, visiting our online resources, attending Freethinkers of Colorado Springs events, making donations, or becoming a member, we THANK YOU for your support.