Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Civil Unions Advance in Colorado

With all of the excitement surrounding gay marriage legislation in Maryland and Rhode Island, it is important to remember that other states are making progress in equality for gay couples, even if to a lesser extent.

The Colorado State Senate Judiciary Committee passed a civil unions bill 6-3 today, with one Republican joining the Democrats in supporting the legislation.  The bill now goes to the Finance Committee, and then to a full vote; it is expected to pass the State Senate given the Democrat majority, but passage of the bill in the State House, where Republicans have a one-seat majority, is much less certain.

The civil unions allowed for in this legislation do not equal full marriage, as gay marriage was banned by constitutional amendment in Colorado several years ago.  However, this is progress, and Colorado should pass this bill and allow gay couples to get at least some of the rights afforded to straight couples.

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