Colorado civil unions bill clears third and final House committee

Colorado state capitol in Denver. Staff Reports

DENVER — A bill granting civil unions for same-sex couples in Colorado advanced Friday morning in a third House committee, and now heads to the full House for a vote.

The House Appropriations Committee passed the Civil Unions bill this morning by a bipartisan 9-4 vote.

The bill cleared the House Finance Committee on Wednesday on a 7-6 party-line vote with Republicans in opposition, and was approved by the House Judiciary Committee last week. The measure is expected to be voted on by the full House next week, the last step before the governor’s desk.

Democrats say they 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.

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