Follow breaking news @lgbtqnation
Colorado

Civil unions bill takes another step forward in Colorado legislature

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

DENVER — A bill granting civil unions for same-sex couples in Colorado has taken another step forward in the state legislature as it nears a final debate on the House floor.

The bill cleared the House Finance Committee on Wednesday on a 7-6 party-line vote with Republicans in opposition.

The proposal, approved by the House Judiciary Committee last week, is expected to clear the Appropriations Committee when it meets on Friday, and be voted on by the full House next week, the last step before the governor’s desk.

Democrats have the votes to pass the bill, and Gov. John Hickenlooper, who has called for the legislation to be passed this year, has pledged to sign it.

The bill, sponsored by out gay lawmakers Speaker of the House Mark Ferrandino and state Rep. Sue Schafer, would establish state recognition for same-sex couples. Both are Democrats.

Republicans say the proposal violates the will of voters who banned same-sex marriage in 2006. Democrats say public opinion has changed since then, and that civil unions is not marriage equality.

The state Senate passed the bill last month.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
Share this article with your friends and followers:

Archives: , ,

Filed under: Colorado

10 more reader comments:

  1. Civil Unions are not acceptable. Not the same as Full Equality!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 4:05pm
  2. Woop Woop! Go Colorado! (But seriously just legalize Marriage)

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 4:05pm
  3. I thought they killed this bill

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 4:08pm
  4. Civil Unions turn into full marriage equality quickly in most states. I say YAY!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 4:24pm
  5. They will once the supreme court rules!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 4:26pm
  6. Woo hoo!! We are so getting this done, straight allies

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 4:28pm
  7. Demand marriage not civil unions! not the same !!!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 4:31pm
  8. Yeah Donald but always take what advances you can get!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 4:50pm
  9. You’re right. It’s not marriage equality. And I live in CO, but I’ll take what crumbs they give us until SCOTUS eventually gives us our rights (if ever). But that’s what it’s gonna take.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 5:36pm
  10. “These Same Things,” is a protest against Prop 8 (Cali) & now DOMA. I wrote this song as an anthem for equal rights.
    I raised my voice to spread awareness & to motivate others (like u) to raise your voice & stand up for equality & love.
    Take a moment to watch the photo video & listen to the lyrics of the song. Share it with your friends, family & anyone else u feel may help to make a difference.
    Wishing u all #love, #peace & #equality.
    http://youtu.be/NtJCe22Ol6c

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 10:29pm