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.