It’s a major step forward, but as in other states hopefully they will continue towards full marriage equality quickly. Separate but equal does not mean equal.
However, enjoy the moment Colorado.
Yes, but in every country where equal marriage has been introduced, they’ve all gone through the preliminary stage just as we have in the UK. Many more states will follow the equal marriage path, inevitable as resistance becomes diminished over time.
Colorado still has a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage which the voters approved in November 2008 by a vote of 56% in favour. This hurdle will have to be overcome first before equal marriage can move forward; this will require another referendum.
PS Not every country has had civil union before equal marriage. Most but not all. Canada never had this. The government was briefly considering it but determined that the “separate but equal” nature of civil unions was discriminatory and so dropped the idea and introduced equal marriage. South Africa was about to introduce civil unions but the government bill as it initially stood was ruled unconstitutional so both civil union and equal civil marriage were introduced and passed at the same time.
The civil union route is a good path to take towards equal marriage in conservative areas such as Colorado. Although they are still inadequate and discriminatory.
And if the Supreme Court follows the administration’s lead on the Prop 8 case, the “8-State Solution” will bring marriage equality to Colorado. If the Court goes for an even broader decision (which I doubt), all the anti-marriage laws and amendments will be invalidated.
And I suspect no matter what happens in the Court, Colorado will have marriage equality in the next couple of years. It’s taking Illinois about 14 months, if the present bill gets past the House.
Well done Colorado and I see that 2 Republicans voted for the Civil Unions Bill or SB-11!!!!!
The third time is the charm as they say!
The work is FAR from done in Colorado because of two hateful bigotry laws written within the Colorado State Constitution:
Amendment 2 from 1992 and Amendment 43 from 2006 both need to be repealed from the Colorado State Constitution!
Once the Democrat Governor signs SB-11 (he said he will sign it sometime next week because he supports civil unions) then the law becomes effective from midnight May 1, 2013!