Hundreds gathered Friday to rally in support of marriage at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver, one day after a Senate committee passed a bill that ultimately could lead to the creation of same-sex marriage.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 3-2 Wednesday approving the civil union bill, SB 11, now headed to the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill must pass through several steps before it could become a law.
Democrats have introduced the bill in the Legislature for the past two years. Last year, Gov. John Hickenlooper called a special session to include a third consideration of the bill, but it l died on a party-line vote in committee.
“Those attending today’s rally represent only a fraction of Coloradans who oppose this measure,” said Carrie Gordon Earll, senior policy analyst for CitizenLink.
Earll explained that in half of the states that have passed civil unions, lawsuits challenging the definition of marriage as one man and one woman have followed.
“This bill is a direct threat to Colorado marriage amendment which defines marriage in the state constitution,” she said.