Colorado Democratic Representative Mark Ferrandino says he’ll reintroduce a bill to create civil unions in the state after New York legalized same sex marriages earlier this month. A similar bill this year died in a House committee on a party-line vote.
A bill that would have created civil unions in Colorado failed Thursday in the House judiciary committee on a party line vote. It was widely expected to die in the Republican-controlled committee, but proponents remained optimistic right up until the last vote was cast.
A bill to legalize civil unions in Colorado brought out emotional responses from lawmakers on the senate floor on Wednesday. The measure initially cleared the senate. Supporters at times choked back tears, while lawmakers opposed to the measure were largely silent.
A bill that would create civil unions cleared its first hurdle in the state house on Monday. Supporters say it's a major step forward to create equal rights under the law for same sex couples. But opponents worry it would undermine the traditional family unit.