The Colorado Senate on Wednesday began
debate on a bill that would give gay and lesbian couples many of the
benefits and responsibilities of marriage.
to the Huffington Post, the chamber approved Senator Pat
Steadman's gay-inclusive civil unions bill on a second reading
Steadman, who is openly gay, told
colleagues that the bill was essential for ensuring “very basic,
but very important legal protections … that no family should be
A third and final vote on the measure
could come as early as today. All 20 Democratic Senate members have
co-sponsored the measure, nearly guaranteeing passage in the
Democratic Representative Mark
Ferrandino will introduce the measure in the House.
Ferrandino has claimed there is
Republican support for the measure in the GOP-controlled House. But
whether the measure reaches the House floor remains to be seen.
Supporters worry that House Speaker Frank McNulty, a Highlands Ranch
Republican, will assign the bill to a hostile committee, thereby
Colorado Statesman has quoted McNulty as saying: “When
we get it, we will assign it to committee and wherever it's assigned,
it will receive a fair hearing.”
On Tuesday, a
civil unions bill was introduced in Delaware.