Colo. Civil Union Bill Passes
DENVER- The idea of gay couples being provided rights similar to marriage moves closer to a reality.
On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved SB 11 on a 3-2 party line vote, with both Republican Senators opposed.
After the committee heard testimony from those for and against the traditional marriage on a civil unions bill for more than four hours, supporters were elated to hear the news.
"Who else's rights should we put on the ballot and vote on? I think it's something our system of government deserves, that we are all treated equal under the law," commented State Senator Pat Steadman.
SB 11 continues a number of steps before heading to Governor Hickenlooper's desk.
It's expected to be signed into law in March and become law on May 1.
Democrats have tried to pass civil unions for the last two years, but House Republicans defeated the measure.