STATE OF THE UNIONS

Colorado House Judiciary Committee Advances Civil-Unions Bill

The Colorado House Judiciary Committee voted 8-3 to advance a civil unions bill Thursday evening, after more than five hours of testimony. Rep. Carole Murray (R-Castle Rock) was the lone Republican to cross the aisle and support the measure.

SB 11 passed the Colorado Senate in mid-February, by a vote of 34-21.

A civil-unions bill was torpedoed last year by House Republicans, but the November elections saw Democrats take control and make openly gay Rep. Mark Ferrandino as Speaker.

The bill is expected to pass the full House and be signed by Democratic governor John Hickenlooper.