Yesterday, a Colorado Senate committee voted 3-2 to pass Senate Bill 11, which would legalize civil unions for same-sex couples in that state. The bill was opposed by Republicans in that vote. The bill will now be heard by the Appropriations Committee before it reaches Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk. The bill is expected to become law.
The Governor challenged the legislature to make civil unions available during his last State of the Union address.
“As mentioned earlier, there are quite a few mountains we ought to climb together before this session ends in May,” said the Governor. “Some of us tried very hard, but it didn’t get done last year. This year, let’s do it. Let’s pass civil unions.”
If the law passes, Colorado will become the 6th state to support civil unions. Colorado currently has a Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage.
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