"Gay Civil Unions Sponsor Named Colorado House Speaker"
Democrats took back the Colorado House of Representatives in this year’s election, and as expected, they have nominated Mark Ferrandino as Speaker. When he is officially voted in as speaker on January 9, he will be the first openly gay leader to serve in that position. Ferrandino was the sponsor of civil unions legislation that was infamously killed earlier this year by the Republican leadership’s obstruction. With 70 percent of Coloradans in support of legal recognition for same-sex couples, similar legislation should be able to advance in 2013 with much less drama.