By Chris Huqueriza
The Colorado Senate Appropriations Committee has voted in favor of a bill, nicknamed “Colorful Colorado,” legalizing civil unions in the state. The Committee approved the bill with a 4-3 vote. The legislation will now proceed to the full Senate for review.
“Committed gay and lesbian couples in the state have been waiting for years — 10, 20, even 40 years — to have their relationships protected,” wrote Executive Director Brad Clark of One Colorado, a statewide advocacy organization dedicated to securing and protecting equality and opportunity for LGBT Coloradans and their families.
“It’s well past time that these families have equal protection under the law,” he said. “We applaud the members of the Senate Appropriations Committee who voted to affirm that all families are worthy of dignity and respect. We look forward to bipartisan passage on the floor of the Senate.”
He goes on to say that, “Our community isn’t advocating for civil unions in order to achieve some historic victory for Colorado. We’re advocating for our families — for the couples that have been together 40 years, for the kids whose parents aren’t treated equally in the eyes of the law, for the gay student who finally sees his government recognizing who he is. That’s what we’re fighting for.”