A proposal granting gay couples rights similar to married couples got initial approval from Colorado Democratic senators Wednesday after hours of testimony that was at times emotional.
A proposal granting gay couples rights similar to married couples was expected to pass its first vote from Colorado lawmakers on Wednesday after hours of testimony that was at times emotional.
Colorado Democrats will move civil unions for gay couples closer to a reality in the coming weeks, but there’s a bigger battle looming over marriage for same-sex couples.
Colorado lawmakers will again take up the issue of civil unions.
Colorado Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper urged lawmakers to debate gun control in the aftermath of mass shootings in Aurora and Connecticut, saying Thursday that “our democracy demands this type of debate.”
Civil unions for same-sex couples, concealed firearms by school employees and proposals about unions are among the first bills introduced in the Colorado Legislature.
Democrats take complete control of Colorado’s legislature Wednesday when they gavel the 2013 lawmaking session to order.
The matter of civil unions in Colorado will be back on the fast track now that Democrats have taken control of the legislature.
Democratic Rep. Mark Ferrandino of Denver is poised to become Colorado’s next House speaker in January.
A Colorado pro-civil unions group targeting vulnerable Republicans began its efforts Tuesday with a lawmaker whose narrow victory two years ago gave the GOP control of the House and the fate of legislation for same-sex couples.