Long-Fought Civil Unions Bill Expected to Pass in Colo.

Thursday, 29 Nov 2012 09:54 AM

By Greg McDonald

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Colorado will likely become the ninth state to grant legal recognition to same-sex couples when the bill comes up early next year, according to a report today in the Denver Post.
The newspaper reported that after two years of blocking the issue, Republicans lost control of the state House in the Nov. 6 elections and Democrats who took over are now planning to move the same-sex civil unions bill on to Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, who supports it.
Some Democrats, however, would still like to see a law that allows gays to actually marry, rather than form civil unions. But that would mean changing the state constitution, which bans same-sex marriage.
According to the Post, Democrats had enough votes to pass the civil unions measure last year in the House, but Republican leaders refused to call it up. The fight over the measure in part led to Republican defeats in the election, the Post noted.
As a result Democrats now control the state house by a 37-28 margin and new speaker of the chamber will be Mark Ferrandino, the first openly gay member to occupy the leadership position.
Despite his support for the measure, which he is sponsoring in the House, Ferrandino told reporters he doesn't expect to rush it through. Instead, he said he plans to bring it up about midway through the 2013 session, which would be sometime in March.


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