Colorado Senate Passes Civil Union Bill

The Colorado senate this morning passed a civil union bill, the AP reports:

Colorado Three Republicans joined all Democrats in supporting the measure Thursday following a second round of emotional debate.

More Republicans went to the podium to speak about the bill than they did Wednesday when only one party member voiced opposition. They emphasized their concerns that civil unions would undermine marriage and go against the wishes of voters. Voters rejected a domestic partnership referendum in 2006 and also banned gay marriage the same year.

The bill passed by a vote of 23-12.

One Colorado reports:

Republican Senators Roberts, Spence, and White joined all the Senate Democrats. “Fundamentally, as a Republican, what I have to look at is: does it fit my core beliefs? I believe strongly in protecting individual’s core rights and liberties,” said Republican Senator Ellen Roberts.

“If I did not come to the microphone in support of this bill today, I would be voting quietly for it but not having the courage to stand up for what’s right. My vote today is for love, respect, and commitment. My vote today is for my niece and my nephew,” said Republican Senator Jean White who voted in support of the bill in honor of a niece and nephew who are gay.

The bill now heads to the House.