Civil Union Bill to be Introduced in Colorado

A Colorado lawmaker thinks the state is ready for civil unions and plans to introduce legislation to make it happen, the Denver Post reports:

Steadman "Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver, said he believes the majority of Coloradans support civil unions and oppose gays being treated unfairly. Steadman, who is gay, said he expects his proposal to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate, but he's not sure what kind of reception the idea will get in the Republican-controlled House. It could be a frosty one, said the speaker-elect, Rep. Frank McNulty, who noted Coloradans rejected a similar proposal four years ago. 'I think that kind of bill would be of concern with the vast majority of the members of our caucus,' the Highlands Ranch Republican said. But Rep. Kevin Priola, R-Henderson, who will be the speaker pro tem next year, said he supports civil unions 'in concept, precisely because they are not gay marriage.' However, he added, he would have to read the bill before he decides where he stands."

Steadman's concerns lie with getting the bill through committee, though he believes that because Republicans hold just a narrow majority in the House, that it could pass there.


  1. exgaysurviovrdan says

    It’s bizarre that Jenny Tyree at Focus accuses gays of trying to undermine marriage since Focus is in the business of coercing gay people into “pray-away-the-gay” programs and then into love-less straight marriages that inevitably end in disaster. Focus’ own “ex-gay” poster boy staffer John Paulk was married to a woman when he was caught in a gay bar in Washington DC in 2000.

    For those gay staffers Focus unwilling to pretend they’ve been turned straight, they just get to look forward to a lifetime of celibacy.

    To pretend Focus has any moral authority on the well being of gay people and marriage is a joke.

    Focus is in the business of shaming gays into pretending to be straight and getting into loveless marriages, now that’s the real threat to marriage. To pretend that Focus is looking out for the best interests of gay Christians and gay-families is a lie.

    My name is Dan Gonzales and I spent 18 months in an “ex-gay” program Focus pushes and the only thing I experienced was harm that took me years to recover from.

  2. John John says


    Don’t quote from the Denver Post! A company called Righthaven, LLC has been suing over content from that site, filing suit on more than than 180 bloggers without warning, demanding $150,000 in damages and forfeiture of the domain name without any warning or request to remove the material. Some have speculated that it is a litigation factory meant to induce settlements.

    Google “Righthaven” and it will take only a few seconds to find out more about their operation.

    The excerpt you posted is longer than some of the excerpts they’ve sued over if memory serves me correctly.

  3. John John says

    I should clarify: The Denver Post is one of the sites they represent. Many of the suits have been filed over other newspapers that have signed up to use Righthaven’s services.

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