Colorado Civil Unions Bill to be Introduced Jan 2013
This morning the Denver Post headline read “Civil unions on fast track to passage in Colorado legislature”
What a welcome site. This past may, the bill was introduced with enough votes to pass, but the GOP leadership would not allow the bill to come to the floor for debate. The then House Speaker has since lost his job, and a new speaker, Democrat Mark Ferrandino, is openly gay and ready to bring civil unions to the state.
The bill will be introduced by Sen. Pat Steadman. Steadman has led the fight for civil unions in the state. Unfortunately, when civil unions become the law, he will not be able to benefit from it. His partner of 12 years, Dave Misner, died in September from pancreatic cancer. Although Steadman, Ferrandino and other law makers would prefer full marriage equality in the state, a 2006 constitutional amendment banning same sex marriages forbids it.
When passed, Colorado will become the ninth state to offer civil unions.