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Colorado Passes Civil Unions Measure. Gov. Hickenlooper Expected To Sign

coloradoToday lawmakers in the Colorado House of Representatives passed a civil-unions bill 39 to 26. The Colorado Civil Union Act already cleared the state Senate in February, and Gov. John Hickenlooper has announced his intention to sign it into law.

Just seven years ago,  the Centennial State voted to ban same-sex marriage.  The difference now is that, in the November elections, Democrats took control of the House. (Only two House Republicans crossed the aisle to vote for the bill this time.)

“Across the country, we’ve seen a sea change in public opinion on this issue,” said One Colorado’s Brad Clark. “A vast majority of Coloradans support providing committed same-sex couples with the security they need, and these fair-minded folks are glad to see civil unions finally passed.”

Should we be rejoicing at today’s news—or frustrated that full marriage equality wasn’t obtained. Vote with your words in the comments section below!

 

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Mar 12, 2013
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  • 10 Comments
    • T7
      T7

      As a native Coloradan, of course I’m disappointed that we aren’t celebrating marriage. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate what our lawmakers did. But with solid majorities in both houses, I really think the Dems could’ve gone for full marriage. The good news is that if the Supreme Court rules narrowly and doesn’t strike down marriage bans nationwide this June, it’s very likely that there’d be a ballot measure for it in 2014, and I’m sure it would succeed. Nate Silver appears to agree. http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/29/the-future-of-same-sex-marriage-ballot-measures/

      Mar 12, 2013 at 5:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • comus
      comus

      Unions? Congratulations on joining the 1990s.

      Mar 12, 2013 at 5:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MuscleModelBlog.com
      MuscleModelBlog.com

      Awesome! However, it was an interesting note that only two Republicans supported the bill.

      Mar 12, 2013 at 6:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jwrappaport
      jwrappaport

      Colorado: Surging ahead to 1996!

      Mar 12, 2013 at 7:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo
      Dakotahgeo

      A huge break in the dam of ignorance, arrogance, bigotry… always starts with a small fracture in the infrastructure. Brace yourselves! This is a crack! SS Marriage in Colorado in <5 years!

      Mar 12, 2013 at 8:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dvlaries
      dvlaries

      Supermarket champange for now, the good stuff in a little while to come.

      Mar 12, 2013 at 8:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • niles
      niles

      @T7: as you should know, the Dems’ hands were tied
      with the Marriage Ban in place. If a positive court decision happens to occur in
      the future, it will be fairly straightforward at that time to transition to
      marriage.

      Mar 12, 2013 at 8:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Shannon1981
      Shannon1981

      Hopefully, marriage follows.

      Mar 12, 2013 at 11:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Harley
      Harley

      I’m sure the log cobin repugnant-clans will take full credit. After all, they DID get two repugnant-clans to cross over to the dark side.

      Mar 13, 2013 at 4:52 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • T7
      T7

      @niles: Good point. I was forgetting that Colorado’s marriage ban is not only a statute anymore, but became a constitutional amendment back in 2006. What the legislature CAN do now is to legislatively refer a constitutional amendment to voters that would repeal the ban in 2014.

      Mar 13, 2013 at 10:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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