The Colorado Legislature has a date with cupid a day after Valentine's Day. At 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider the Colorado Civil Union Act in the old Supreme Court Chambers.
The bill would provide same-sex couples the same legal protections and benefits now only available to married couples.
Governor John Hickenlooper made the passage of a civil unions bill a major point in his State of the State speech -- a pronouncement that had Democrat lawmakers jumping to their feet, while many Republicans resolutely stuck to their chairs. A similar measure died last year when a Republican-controlled committee killed it with one vote.
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But as Lynn Bartels reports in the Denver Post, such formerly stalwart opponents as state senator Shawn Mitchell are reconsidering the idea of civil unions -- if not same-sex marriages, which Colorado voters outlawed in 2006. "I am open to a bill that solves the problems of couples who can't marry," Mitchell told Bartels.
A Facebook page is encouraging supporters to come out tomorrow -- and to wear red, "so that we can show our legislators, loud and clear, that we want civil unions in our state!"
Back in 1992, the passage of Amendment 2 had Colorado labeled "The Hate State." Twenty years later, Colorado stands to make a lovely comeback if this bill makes it out of committee and onto the floor.
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