The latest fight for same-sex marriage arrived on the west steps of the state Capitol on Monday as supporters gathered, vowing to build support for the effort across Colorado.

"We will fight, and we will win equality for this important issue," said Dave Montez, executive director of One Colorado, a local LGBT advocacy group.

Flanked by gay and lesbian Democratic state lawmakers and Denver County Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson, Montez launched what the group calls "Why Marriage Matters Colorado," a campaign that aims to amplify the legalization efforts of same-sex marriage.

In February, nine Colorado couples filed a lawsuit in Denver District Court seeking to overturn Colorado's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. A separate lawsuit addressing same-sex marriage also was filed last fall in Adams County.

Jodi and Jenny Martin, along with their daughter, Morgan, traveled to the rally Monday from their home in Boulder County. The couple met in Oklahoma and moved to Colorado in 2012. A year later, they entered into a civil union.

"That was a historic step here in Colorado," Jodi Martin said, in reference to the law passed last year that granted same-sex couples legal recognition of their relationships. "But we need full marriage equality, and that's what we're headed toward."

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Colorado Speaker of the House Mark Ferrandino, who spearheaded legislation to pass civil unions, addressed the crowd on Monday, March 3, 2014, saying now
Colorado Speaker of the House Mark Ferrandino, who spearheaded legislation to pass civil unions, addressed the crowd on Monday, March 3, 2014, saying now is the time for legalized same-sex marriage in Colorado. (Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post)