Colorado Senate Gives Initial Approval to Civil Union Bill

The Colorado State Senate approved SB-2, the Colorado Civil Union Act, on its second reading. The bill passed with bipartisan support and moves on to third reading and final passage, most likely tomorrow.

CO"If signed into law, the bill will provide committed gay and lesbian couples with critical legal protections and responsibilities, such as the ability to inherit property, to take family leave to care for a partner, to visit a partner in the hospital, and to make medical and end-of-life decisions for a partner," according to an email from advocacy group One Colorado.

SteadmanSaid Brad Clark, Executive Director of One Colorado: “Civil unions are about commitment. They’re about responsibility. And they’re about being able to take care of the one you love. Today’s bipartian vote in the Senate affirms the dignity of all loving families in the state. We look forward to a fair hearing in the House. Issues with overwhelming public support like civil unions deserve an up-or-down vote by all of our Representatives.”
Said Senator Pat Steadman (pictured), the bill's sponsor: “Civil unions will allow committed couples to share in the responsibilities and protections in Colorado law that most families take for granted. Our society is stronger when we promote personal responsibility and taking care of one another, and civil unions do just that."

The bill faces a much tougher battle in the House where a similar bill was killed last year.


  1. bierce says

    “No, you can’t have marriage. That’s only for us real couples. Here, take this and shut up.”

  2. mary says

    Bierce, it hardly matters. Marriage equality in all 50 states is only a question of how long and how it does it get done (court rulings, legislative vote, or popular vote.) Civil unions is a step in the right (ironic word, I know) direction. A state that can vote in civil unions will find it easier to vote in marriage equality later on. The last hurrah for the anti-equality forces will probably be this November when marriage equality is likely to lose the popular vote in a number of states. Even the election of Romney as president (which if far from certain anyway) would only slow things down somewhat, not change direction.

  3. Ken says

    Bierce, I’m sure they’ve figured out by now that giving civil unions gets no one to shut up about marriage. This is a positive step.

  4. Robert in NYC says

    That’s what the ten countries where equal civil marriage is legal went through. Even the UK and look what’s happening there, a marriage equality consultation from a conservative coalition government that wants to legalise it. This is a step forward to full marriage equality. It takes time but Colorado will get there. It’s better than nothing at all for now.