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Colorado Civil Unions Bill Gets OK By Another Panel

DENVER (AP) — Gay couples are one step closer to having civil unions in Colorado after another Republican-led House committee approved legislation that appears to have enough support to get to the governor’s desk.

The finance committee approved the measure with a 7-6 vote on Friday after it passed the House judiciary committee late Thursday.

The Senate has already approved the bill and it could reach Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper by Wednesday. He is firmly in support.

If passed, Colorado would join more than a dozen states that allow gay marriage or civil unions.

The legislation grants gay couples rights similar to marriage, including enhancing inherence rights, parental rights, and the ability to be involved in partner’s medical decisions.

By Ivan Moreno, AP Writer(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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