Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s Deputy Communications Director Megan Castle told 429Magazine that although the governor does not know when the bill will reach his desk, it will be signed into law.
“We do not know the timing of when the bill would arrive to the governor’s desk nor when it would become law,” wrote Castle in an emailed statement.
She also said that the governor had tweeted earlier that “Civil unions is about justice and economic prosperity. We’ve said before, saying again: Pass this bill!”
The state senate approved a bill granting civil unions to same-sex couples without debate on Monday.
In a victory for the LGBT community, the bill received unanimous Democrat support and approval from one Republican, Senator Ellen Roberts of Durango, in a 21-14 vote. It is expected to pass the Democrat-controlled house, and Governor Hickenlooper has already promised to sign the bill into law.
This is the third and predicted final time that the state Senate will approve legal recognition of gay partners. An emotional day, supporters hugged and shed tears after the bill’s passing. Co-sponsors and openly gay senators Pat Steadman and Lucia Guzman – both Democrats – led the charge for the legislation to pass.