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February 16, 2012 Print

Colorado Senate Committee Passes Civil Unions Bill

by Karla Dial

A bill seeking to create same-sex civil unions in Colorado passed a Senate committee on a 5-2 vote Wednesday, and the New Jersey General Assembly is voting on a same-sex marriage bill today.

The New Jersey bill is expected to get at least the 54 votes it needs to pass the General Assembly today. However, Gov. Chris Christie has vowed to veto it if it lands on his desk, and the Senate vote on it earlier this week fell three votes shy of a veto-proof majority.

Meanwhile, one Republican voted with Democrats to pass the Colorado civil unions bill out of the Judiciary Committee. Hundreds of people packed the capitol for the emotionally charged hearing.

Homosexual activists claimed civil unions are necessary in order to care for their ill partners. But Colorado already has a designated beneficiary law, which allows anyone — married or not — the access they need to care for each other.

Marriage supporters point out that efforts toward civil unions are really aimed at eventually redefining marriage.

“The homosexual lobby is hard to please,” said Jessica Haverkate, executive director of Colorado Family Action. “They’re not content with the designated-beneficiary law, and are now taking a step in Colorado to pass civil unions, which has led to same-sex marriage in other states.”

Colorado voters passed a constitutional amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman in 2006, and rejected an initiative virtually identical to the civil unions bill in the same election.