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Colorado Senator Jean White (R) Supports Civil Unions for her Gay Relatives (VIDEO)

Colorado Senator Jean White (R) Supports Civil Unions for her Gay Relatives (VIDEO)

The Colorado Senate this week passed a civil unions bill designed to give same-sex couples many of the state rights enjoyed by married heterosexual couples. During the final floor debate on the bill, Republican Senator Jean White stood before the Senate and told of her conviction that civil unions are about “love, respect and commitment,” something she has witnessed firsthand from her gay relatives.

The Colorado Senate passed the civil unions bill this week, 23-12 with the support of 3 GOP Senators. The legislation will now go before the Republican-controlled House where Democratic Representative Mark Ferrandino will introduce the legislation.

There is concern that the bill might be killed off in committee, however House Speaker Frank McNulty has publicly said that whatever committee the bill is assigned to, it will receive a fair debate.

Several Republican lawmakers have said they are open to passing the legislation, given that polls suggest civil unions enjoy wide public support.

If the measure passes the House it will be sent on to Governor John Hickenlooper’s desk. The governor is expected to sign the legislation.

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10:50AM PDT on Apr 2, 2011

Kudos to Senator White!

6:22AM PDT on Mar 29, 2011

Thanks for the info.

12:52AM PDT on Mar 29, 2011

Good for her. One small step in the right direction for Colorado.

6:14PM PDT on Mar 28, 2011

Good for senator White. I knew there were still some good republicans left. Despite the party's absolutism that leads it to kill off progressive thinkers in the primaries.

Maybe sanity is returning to the Repubs.

As for the gay people, Just immagine - Colorado - home of focus on the family, who tried to use the Air Force Academy and some "anything but' christian chaplains to demonize and nag Jewish and most likely Catholic cadetrs there to force them into the "anything but " christian beliefs.

it was like the talibangelicals were taking over the Air Force Academy.

Eternal vigilance against our own talbian is the price of liberty

Heres hoping the bill passes.

To paraphrase, its one small step for Colorado and one giant leap for America.

5:01PM PDT on Mar 28, 2011

MARILYN.....What did you do? Just look in the mirror? Cancer will get you next time hag.

4:05PM PDT on Mar 28, 2011

Well said. She is right. Love is love. The sooner that people all have the right to marry, the quicker some will realise that the world won't end if it happens.

3:40PM PDT on Mar 28, 2011

Sitting here in Mont. where it's still against the law to be Gay and the Republican party still has it in their state plate form that being gay is an illegale act. It makes me wonder just how far this nation has come in reality.

So I guess my partner will keep paying for other people's kids, education, health care, and expect not even a thank you.

2:59PM PDT on Mar 28, 2011

Good for Colorado! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you!

12:44PM PDT on Mar 28, 2011

Yes, every family is connected to someone LGBT. They used to call them bachelors & spinsters.

12:31PM PDT on Mar 28, 2011

Careful Marilyn, 'YUCK' is defined also in the OED as to laugh heartily, is that what you meant?

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