Save this content for laterSave this content on your device for later, even while offline Sign in with FacebookSign in with your Facebook account Close

Civil unions gets first vote

January 23, 2013
0
photo - More than 30 witnesses signed up to testify Wednesday afternoon on a bill that allows gay couples to form civil unions that opponents fear is the latest effort toward redefining marriage. (Denver Post file) Photo by
More than 30 witnesses signed up to testify Wednesday afternoon on a bill that allows gay couples to form civil unions that opponents fear is the latest effort toward redefining marriage. (Denver Post file) Photo by  

DENVER — Democrats are expected to take the first step to grant Colorado gay couples rights similar to marriage with a civil unions bill that's one of the most emotional issues for lawmakers this year.

A Senate committee is hearing testimony Wednesday from gay couples and supporters of traditional marriage on the civil unions legislation. It's the first of several votes before the bill becomes law.

Supporters say gay couples deserve rights similar to married people so they can protect their families, like the ability to make medical decisions for their loved ones. Opponents say the bill undermines traditional marriage and doesn't protect the religious beliefs of those who oppose civil unions.

Democrats tried unsuccessfully the last two years to pass civil unions. House Republicans have defeated the measure, but Democrats now control the Legislature.

Comment Policy
Register to the Colorado Springs Gazette
Register to the Colorado Springs Gazette
Subscribe to the Colorado Springs Gazette

It appears that you value local journalism. Thank you.

Subscribe today for unlimited digital access with 50% fewer ads for a faster browsing experience.

Already a Subscriber? LOGIN HERE

Subscribe to the Colorado Springs Gazette

It appears that you value local journalism. Thank you.

Subscribe today for unlimited digital access with 50% fewer ads for a faster browsing experience.

Subscribe to the Colorado Springs Gazette

Some news is free.
Exceptional journalism takes time, effort and your support.

Already a Subscriber? LOGIN HERE

articles remaining
×
Thank you for your interest in local journalism.
Gain unlimited access, 50% fewer ads and a faster browsing experience.