Colorado Civil Unions Bill Passes Senate

Colorado Gay marriageYesterday,  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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Colorado Governor Wants Civil Union Legislation Passed This Year

Colorado Gay marriageIn his third State of the Union address, Colorado’s governor, John Hickenlooper, called for the legislature to pass civil union this year.

“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.”

Hickenlooper, a Democrat, has supported the Colorado Civil Union Act since it was first introduced in the legislature in 2011.  The Republican controlled House opposed the measure even though it had gained bipartisan support in the Senate.  In 2012, the bill was again cleared by the Senate with bipartisan support.  It also cleared three House GOP committees.  The bill died after the clock ran out on the legislative session.  According to Out Colorado, then-Speaker of the House Frank McNulty, (R) called it an impasse and said his chamber’s body didn’t have enough time to consider the bill. The bill was introduced on the first day of the regular session but was held in the Senate while sponsors state Sen. Pat Steadman and Rep. Mark Ferrandino, both Denver Democrats, shopped for a GOP House sponsor.  Less than 24 hours later, Hickenlooper told lawmakers he would call a special session to give Republicans the time they needed to consider the bill.  McNulty sent the bill to the House State Affairs committee where it was killed on a party line vote.

The civil union bill was reintroduced this year and with a legislature controlled by Democrats, seems destined to pass.

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Colorado Kills Civil Union Bill

Although this took place last week, I was busy focusing on other issues in the LGBT world and failed to post it at that time.  It is still worth noting.

A controversial bill to legalize civil unions for same sex couples in Colorado was voted out of committee late last Tuesday and in the process several other bills were also killed.

The Denver Post reported:

“No matter what happens today or tomorrow, the unspoken truth in this whole debate is we will win,” Jace Woodrum, deputy director for One Colorado, the state’s largest gay-rights group.

“Whether it is today or tomorrow or next year or the next, we will win. Gay and lesbian couples in this state will have full protection under the law. We all know it, and everybody in this building knows it,” he said.

Read Civil unions bill killed along with 30 other bills in late-night game of political chicken [The Denver Post]

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