In his State of the State address today, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) urged lawmakers to pass civil unions legislation:
HICKENLOOPER: As we strive to make Colorado healthier, we believe in equal rights for all regardless of race, creed, gender or sexual orientation. We don’t believe we should legislate what happens inside a church or place of worship, but government should treat all people equally.
It’s time to pass civil unions.
Republicans on Colorado’s House Judiciary Committee blocked passage of a civil unions bill last spring, but advocates have committed to reintroducing the measure. A December poll showed that 76 percent of Colorado voters support legal recognition for same-sex couples through either marriage or civil unions.