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.
A civil unions bill cleared a key hurdle Tuesday before a decisive debate in the Republican-controlled Colorado House.
With just two days left in the legislative session, a bill that would allow civil unions for gay couples is in jeopardy.
A bill to allow civil unions for gay couples in Colorado must survive two more votes in the Republican-led House before it gets to the governor’s desk, but it appears closer than in any other year to becoming law.
Colorado lawmakers are entering their final month of the 2012 session with plenty left to do – but without the caustic atmosphere one might expect in the closing days of an election year.