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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