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US: Gay civil unions bill passes first vote in Colorado

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  1. It’s shocking that they don’t even have civil unions, how very 1990′s! But I suppose progress is good. Hopefully, this will further show how out of touch Republicans are with young Americans and add a nail to their coffin.

  2. jamestoronto 24 Jan 2013, 4:46am

    “Nine US states have already decided to legalise full same-sex marriage, beginning with Maine and Maryland in November of 2012. Illinois has plans to vote on the topic later this year. Civil partnerships are available in several other US states.”

    This paragraph has shown up in a few articles of late. It needs to be reworked since it is misleading to the point that it is factually incorrect. Yes nine US states have legalized equal marriage BUT not beginning with Maine & Maryland in 2012; it began with Massachusetts in 2004 followed by six other states plus DC until 2012 when THREE states — Washington was left out — came on board.

  3. It’s progress! small steps are better than no steps. I am sure that LGBT people in Colorado would wish for equal marriage as in other states! But at least it shows the direction forward to give rights and recognition to LGBT Coloradans. To have some rights is perhaps better than being denied totally.

    The path of progress seems odd in Colorado…

    “The bill must pass through the Finance Committee and Appropriation Committee stages before it goes to the floor of the Senate House for a vote.”

    Strikes the thought that the house see’s Civil Partnerships as a commodity! (maybe it’s a Republican thing)

  4. As Obama said the other day .. “seize the moment”

  5. Jock S. Trap 24 Jan 2013, 10:48am

    Here’s hoping they win this but shame on the Republicans for their continuous defeating of this bill… it’s shameful!

  6. Gay Activist Paul Mitchell 24 Jan 2013, 1:05pm

    Republicans thankfully do not control the lower house now!

    The Civil Union Bill (SB 2013-11) should pass this time round by 1 May 2013!

    The 1 May 2013 is the effective date on the civil union legislation, which also happens to be the same time the Colorado state Legislature finishes up for the year!

    Yes Steve_R…

    There are way too many Committees (3 in the Senate and another 3 in the House just for a bill to be sent to the floor) in Colorado just to pass a bill – how redickulious and a waste of taxpayers money! Even in Califorina a bill has to pass 2 committees in each house just for the bill to be sent to the floor!

    This is just madness and silliness!

    1. MerlynHerne 24 Jan 2013, 4:23pm

      I agree. Absolutely idiotic. And it gets worse. To have a chance at equal marriage at all, the amendment banning marriage for same sex couples has to be repealed by either legislation or vote of the people. Ridicilous, but sadly true in this state.

      This is a start, though it does look to benefit couples already legally-married in the state. Sad. But progress, no matter how small, is better than none at all.

  7. Tom Cotner 24 Jan 2013, 3:48pm

    Well, we’re slow at it, but we will eventually get there. One state and one step at a time. I hope to live to see equality in the backwoods state (Oklahoma) I live in -

  8. Jim middle tn 24 Jan 2013, 4:37pm

    being a gay man who doesnt wish to marry or be involved in civil union I still support my brothers and sisters who do .. and if you are a “gay” republican you need to look in the mirror and wonder why you keep proclaiming such .. and working within the republican party isnt working
    so you must move to insure we get
    what is right . what ‘heteros” have
    but until the federal government lets us claim the same benefits as “married heteros” it will always be a fight

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