Civil Union Act debate begins: Senator Pat Steadman says public is ready for measure

Today at 1:30 p.m., the senate judiciary committee and members of the public will begin discussing Senate Bill 172, the Colorado Civil Union Act, co-sponsored by Senator Pat Steadman: Read it below. Back in 2006, Colorado voters rejected a referendum that would have established many of the same principles upon which SB 172 is based even as they okayed an amendment defining marriage as a bond between one man and one woman. Does Steadman feel optimistic despite these setbacks? His answer: "Of course."