The Colorado Catholic Conference is urging parishioners to oppose the state’s pending civil unions bill, the Denver Post reports, and is distributing flyers during mass asking church goers to pressure lawmakers into defeating the measure. “The key flaw with civil unions legislation is that it creates an alternative parallel structure to marriage,” the Conference says. “[M]arriage is the cornerstone of our society that exists for the benefit of children and the protection of women”:
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) urged lawmakers to pass civil unions legislation in his State of the State address, even though a similar measure failed in a House committee last year. Sen. Pat Steadman (D) has re-introduced the measure and December poll found that 76 percent of Colorado voters support legal recognition for same-sex couples through either marriage or civil unions.