Colorado Senate Approves Civil Union Bill in 21-14 Vote; Final Approval Expected Monday

Friday afternoon the Colorado Senate voted 21-14 to approve SB-11, the Colorado Civil Union Act, in the second of three votes. Republican Senator Ellen Roberts joined all the Democrats to give the bill bipartisan support.

ColoradoSaid Brad Clark, Executive Director of One Colorado: "Committed gay and lesbian couples in the state have been waiting for years — 10, 20, even 40 years — to have their relationships protected. It's well past time that these families have equal protection under the law. We applaud the bipartisan passage of civil unions in the Senate and look forward to the debate in the House."

SB-11 would provide committed gay and lesbian couples with critical legal protections such as property inheritance, family leave to care for and visit a partner in the hospiral, and the right to make medical and end-of-life decisions.

After a third reading and vote on Monday, SB-11 will move to the Colorado House, where it is expected to pass.


  1. Steve says

    CO has a constitutional amendment against marriage, which is way harder to remove. And until a few years ago this was a very red state. Colorado Springs is also the headquarters of evangelical Christianity. Considering that, this is great. Wait a few years and they’ll upgrade.

  2. Morland says

    not every gay couple has the fortune of waiting a few years.
    Just that whole “wait a few years until you get your civil rights. be patient”
    rubs me the wrong way. As if gay inequality si somehow more acceptable than other forms of inequality.

  3. Bamaman says

    To the troll saying civil unions are good enough. You clearly don’t know enough gay people. Mr. nice gay is over! we demand to be treated as EXACT equals under the law (including wording) and nothing short of that. I pay way too much in taxes to ever everrr settle fro second class citizenship.

  4. Ken says

    Full marriage equality can’t pass in Colorado until the Constitutional Amendment is repealed. This is the best law we could get at this time. Would be great if the Supreme Court repealed all these amendments as part of the Prop 8 decision. But that’s probably too much to hope for and we will need to pass a ballot measure. In 2014 perhaps?

  5. Jeepguy says

    I agree with Ken that this is the best CO can do for now. At least the civil unions bill will give us some rights, even though it’s not true equality. Also, I love that we get to poke the Republicans with a stick over this. In my county, which is rural and ultra-conservative, people are sh!tting themselves over this, which pleases me greatly!
    The thing is, we can’t rest and just be satisfied with this. We must continue to fight for full equal rights.

  6. Cynthia says

    Colorado can legalize Marijuana before they legalize gay marriage?
    That’s just ridiculous!
    We deserve to be treated equally.
    What, do they think us homosexuals never have the desire to get married and have children like heterosexuals?
    This same sex civil union is better than nothing, but we need MORE.

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