Colorado Civil Unions Bill for Gay Couples

March 14, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Judiciary committee of the Colorado Senate approved a bill on Monday that would grant homosexual couples many of the same rights currently reserved for married heterosexual couples.

Senate Bill 172, sponsored by Denver Democrat Pat Steadman, would "authorize any 2 unmarried adults, regardless of gender, to enter into a civil union," which would afford them eligibility for public assistance benefits, rights to visit one another in a correctional facility, and the ability to inherit property, among other rights.

The bill passed its first legislation hurdle as the Judiciary Committee approved the SB 172 on a 6-3 vote Monday, with all 5 Democrats plus Republican Ellen Roberts voting in favor of the bill.

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