Colorado Democrats have elected the first openly gay House speaker in state history.
With Colorado’s Legislature firmly under their control, Democrats are poised to dictate the state’s economic agenda and to pass civil unions after two years of divided government.
Democrats and Republicans are zeroing in on the outer ring of Denver’s suburbs in their battle for control of the state Legislature.
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.
Gay couples who watched as Colorado lawmakers rejected a civil unions measure are taking comfort in the bill sponsor’s mantra: It’s not a matter of if, but a matter of when civil unions become law.
Colorado’s civil unions measure appeared headed for certain defeat Monday, as Republicans and Democrats spent the first day of a special legislative session pointing fingers over the proposal to give same-sex couples the rights of married couples.
Colorado lawmakers will return to work Monday for a special session ordered by Gov. John Hickenlooper.
The special session of the Colorado Legislature will start on Monday to discuss seven bills including civil unions.
Colorado lawmakers are set to wrap up their annual session Wednesday after one of their most heated issues – a civil unions proposal – died amid chants of “shame on you” from gay rights supporters the night before.
A civil unions proposal is in limbo in Colorado as Democrats pushed to halt a Republican filibuster in the House only to have GOP leaders abruptly stop floor work.