A bill which would recognize gay and
lesbian couples with civil unions cleared a Colorado Senate committee
The Senate Appropriations Committee
approved the measure with a 5-4 party-line vote on Tuesday morning,
A vote in the Democrat-controlled
Senate is expected as early as next week. With a nearly 2 to 1
majority, lawmakers in the chamber approved the bill last year.
After the bill died in a
Republican-controlled House committee last year, supporters have said
they are looking for a Republican to sponsor the measure this year.
“In the coming days and weeks, we're
committed to working to ensure a fair hearing in the Colorado House
of Representatives,” Brad Clark, executive director of One
Colorado, the state's largest gay rights advocate, told the station.
“Issues of significant importance with overwhelming public support
like civil unions deserve a full and fair hearing with an up-or-down
vote by the entire House.”
poll released last week found that seventy-five percent of
Colorado voters support recognizing gay couples with either marriage
(47%) or civil unions (28%). Only 22 percent said there should be no
legal recognition whatsoever for the relationships of gay couples.