A Colorado bill seeking to recognize gay and lesbian couples with civil unions has cleared a second House committee.

Following in the footsteps of the House Judiciary Committee, which approved the bill last week, the 13-member Finance Committee on Wednesday approved the measure with a 7-6 vote.

All 6 Republicans on the panel voted against the proposal, which still needs the blessing of the Appropriations Committee before heading to the full House.

“My district is widely opposed to it,” Rep. Jim Wilson, a Republican from Salida, told the Denver Post.

GOP Rep. Lori Saine of Dacono called the bill “a down payment on marriage.”

“My district does not support this,” she said. “Going to town hall meetings, one of the first questions asked is, 'Do you support marriage as between one man and one woman?'”

A third Republican, Rep. Spencer Swalm of Centennial, said the bill “goes against hundreds if not thousands of years of tradition and western civilization. It goes against my religious convictions. I don't support it.”

Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper has been a vocal support of civil unions.

The House Appropriations Committee is expected to take up the measure on Friday.