Colorado State Patrol Harbors Anti-Gay Culture, Judge Says
The Colorado State Patrol harbors a homophobic culture and denied re-employment to a former high-ranking officer after agency leaders learned the officer is gay, according to a scathing ruling by a state administrative law judge.
In a ruling issued Monday, State Personnel Board judge Mary McClatchey ordered the patrol to include sexual orientation among the topics covered in agency diversity-training programs. She also ordered the patrol to designate a senior official in the agency to become a point-of-contact for gay or lesbian troopers.
“The anti-gay culture in the patrol is well-documented in this case,” McClatchey writes in her ruling. “The patrol has never educated its members or leaders through training or otherwise of the prohibition on sexual orientation discrimination in its written policy or state statute; further, it has not enforced that policy.”