DENVER (AP) – Senators gave initial approval to a measure asking Colorado voters to repeal an unconstitutional state law that barred municipalities from passing ordinances protecting gay people from discrimination.

The measure approved on a preliminary vote Monday would also ask voters to repeal two campaign finance laws deemed unconstitutional, too.

The law regarding gay people passed 1992. It prompted calls for boycotts and Colorado was dubbed a hate state. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled four years later that the law was unconstitutional.

Democratic Sen. Pat Steadman says that law and the two campaign finance provisions are printed in the state’s Constitution, but are unenforceable.

Senators also want voters to strike a state law that conflicts with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling saying that corporations and unions can directly contribute unlimited amounts of money on elections.

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