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Colorado Senate Passes Civil Unions Bill

Colorado Senate Passes Civil Unions Bill

 

The Democratic controlled Colorado Senate passed on Thursday a bill to legalize civil unions in the state.

Lawmakers voted 20-12 with 3 Republicans crossing party divisions to support the bill.

The bill was always expected to pass the Senate but must now go before the Republican controlled House.

A similar bill died last year because it did not get out of committee. It is believed that should the bill reach the House floor some Republican legislators may be persuaded to support the bill and it is widely understood that the votes are there to pass the legislation if, that it is, it can climb out of the committee stage.

Debate during Thursday’s Senate hearing, and in particular opposition to the bill, was steeped in religious language with one senator going so far as to ask “How do we deal with the issue of someone choosing homosexuality over heterosexuality?” and another senator explaining “our constitution was made” only for “moral and religious” people.

Watch the highlights below:

There were some bright spots, however, including Senator Nancy Spence who during the bill’s second reading made the conservative case for supporting the civil unions legislation:

A poll released in the last few weeks found 75% of Colorado voters support recognizing gay couples with marriage (47%) or civil unions (28%). Only 22% said there should be no legal recognition for same-sex relationships.

 

Related Reading:
Colorado Senator Jean White (R) Supports Civil Unions for her Gay Relatives (VIDEO)
Colorado Civil Unions Bill Passes Senate Reading
Colorado Senate Committee Advances Civil Unions Bill

 

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10:32AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

morality & religious=oxymoron

1:47AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

Thank you for sharing

6:38PM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

It's so curious to me to still find homophobic idiots like Ernesto A. in websites like this. Sooooo tiresome to think their lives are so intensely lame they even seek out articles on LGBTQ rights to spew their ignorant rants... sigh. If only they had something better to do and leave us alone!

12:09PM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

thanks :)

5:10PM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

"another senator explaining “our constitution was made” only for “moral and religious” people."

Really? All five of them?


5:10PM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

"another senator explaining “our constitution was made” only for “moral and religious” people."

Really? All five of them?


2:17PM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

ernesto, i am more of a father to my son than most men are to their children, and my wife loves me for it. also, i am enjoying repeatedly reporting you for hate speech and promoting bigotry

homophobes, you are not going to change peoples minds if they have unconditional love in their hearts, stop trolling, you are only making yourself look like neanderthrals with moronic ideas

12:49PM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

Good news.
but only a step in the right direction. Thanks Steve for the article. Ernesto A.; get out and get a life.

10:32AM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

Ernesto A.: You need to get out of the way of intelligent people, and stay with the fellow creatures you hang out with.

We are ALL AROUND you, and if you think I'm wrong, just look at some of your friends. I bet you are talking to or sitting next to "one of us", and you can't even tell......... Hopefully I will give you my "illness" .......... ;o)

10:31AM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

Well said, Debbie B! Another green star to you if I could....

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