Republican majority in Colorado House committee stalls civil unions bill

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Republican legislators in the Colorado House Judiciary Committee on Thursday stalled any further action on a proposed measure that would allow for Civil Unions in the state to move to the full House for a vote.

This vote counters the results of a February 2011 poll by the Public Policy Polling organization which found that 72% of Colorado voters support legal recognition of gay and lesbian couples.

The Colorado LGBTQ Equality Rights group, One Colorado, released the following statement after the committee’s action:

“Today’s vote was out of touch with everyday Colorado voters. With 72% of Coloradans in support of civil unions, House Republicans are out of the mainstream,” said Brad Clark, Executive Director of One Colorado, a statewide LGBT advocacy organization.

“Once again, they have turned their backs on Colorado families and kids.”

According to polls, support for civil unions is high. A February 2011 poll by Public Policy Polling found that 72% of Colorado voters support legal recognition of gay and lesbian couples.

Additionally, a Greenberg Quinlan Rosner poll conducted in 2010 found support for civil unions across political parties and religious affiliations, including 61% of Republicans, 84% of independents, 70% of Catholics, 67% of Protestants, and 55% of “born again Christians.”

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