COLORADO SENATE DEBATES CIVIL UNIONS
DENVER -- Today, in a move to give every Colorado family basic legal rights, the Senate passed civil union legislation (SB 011) on second reading. Next, SB 011 must pass third reading in the Senate before it moves to the House of Representatives.
Senator Pat Steadman (D-Denver) and Senator Lucia Guzman (D-Denver) co-prime sponsored the bill, as well as Speaker Mark Ferrandino and Representative Sue Schafer in the House of Representatives.
A civil union (SB 011) would afford, two people, regardless of gender, the following:
“We should welcome all loving families into the fabric of our society, and also within the fabric of our laws. Colorado law should afford equal protection to all our residents. I am proud that justice prevailed today, and confident it will prevail in the end this session,” said Sen. Steadman.
“All Coloradans deserve a chance to live a happy, prosperous life with the family they love,” said Sen. Guzman.
If SB 011 is passed, Colorado will be the ninth state to have civil unions or a similar policy; while nine other states and D.C. offer full marriage equality. A May 2012 poll from Keating Research reports that nearly 75% of Coloradans favor legal recognition of LGBT partners, whether that be through civil unions or other means. Last year, civil union legislation was narrowly defeated during the last days of the regular session. Public outcry over the process prompted the governor to convene a special session, where it was defeated again. This is the third consecutive year the legislature has seen civil union legislation.