Colorado Senate Passes Civil Unions Bill

gaycoloradoOn Monday, the Colorado Senate easily passed a civil unions bill that wold grant same-sex coupes similar rights to those of married couples. The bill passed with a 21-14 vote with the approval of only one Republican, Sen. Ellen Roberts.

The Denver Post reports:

The Senate on Friday gave initial approval to the bill. Democrats control the Senate 20-15, so there was no doubt about the outcome of the legislation — Senate Bill 11.

Lawmakers often are silent during the official vote, simply voting “yes” or “no,” but often on high-profile bills there is another round of debate before the vote.

But there was no further debate Monday, perhaps because it was the third time in three years the Senate has debated the measure.

Democrats had tried unsuccessfully to pass the civil unions bill both in 2011 and 2012, but Republicans blocked their way each time. But the bill’s fortunes may soon be reversed thanks to a series of Democratic victories, including the election of the House’s first openly gay speaker — Rep. Mark Ferrandino.

Senate Bill 11 now heads to the Democratic-controlled House where it is also expected to pass.

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  • 1EqualityUSA

    Republicans need to lose any and all authority for decades to come. They have exploited our community for political gain and will be apologizing for it just as hollowly as they are now apologizing for exploiting racial bias for political gain back in the days when it was considered politically expedient to do so. I hope they paint themselves into a corner for years and years and years. That’s the lovely thing about the internet. With the push of a button, all these heinous things being said about us can be retrieved in the future, when they try to discount their outright bigotry.

  • Harley

    Sorry. The repugnant-clans are rigging election right and left. They have a gerrymandered lock on the house for at least a generation. They are trying to do that as well to the electoral college, so a repugnant-clans will have a lock on the White House as well. Picture 9 Scalias/Thomases on the court. Next will be brown shirts with swaztikas. Go Boy Scouts, go.

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