DENVER (CBS4) – The push to pass a civil unions bill brought a protest to the state Capitol on Friday.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the measure Wednesday. Religious representatives joined lawmakers opposed to the bill.

Some call it an attack on freedom of religion because it does not allow for any exceptions for religious-based adoption groups.

Speakers included Rep. Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, who blocked the bill in a special session last year when Republicans were in control.

“We carry on; carry on protecting marriage; the marriage should be enforced, not redefined,” McNulty said.

The civil union bill gives legal protection to all couples. With the Democrats now in control, it’s expected to pass the legislature and be signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper.


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