Colorado Senate Advances Civil Unions Bill

Today, the Colorado Senate passed the Civil Unions Act at its second reading. During the discussion, the bill’s sponsors, Sens. Pat Steadman (D) and Lucía Guzmán (D) emphasized how civil unions will provide legal protections for same-sex couples without negatively impacting the “nuclear family” or society’s values. Sen. Shawn Mitchell (R) attempted to add an amendment that would have allowed individuals to deny services to couples in civil unions (similar to the measure that was added to Rhode Island’s civil unions bill last year) but the amendment failed. The bill’s third and final reading will be held later this week. (Gabe Manion contributed to this post.)