As the House Judiciary Committee considered (and approved later Thursday night) Senate Bill 2 (Concerning Authorization of Civil Unions), the campaign for Rep. Marsha Looper came out with a press statement urging her fellow Republicans to kill the bill.
This, it would appear, was her effort to finally lay to rest the accusations that the Republican from Calhan was supportive of civil unions.
House Majority Leader Amy Stephens, and her supporters, have been beating up on Looper since the two launched primary challenges in HD 19 by pointing to an article written by the Gazette's John Schroyer, in which Schroyer reported that Looper was open to the idea of civil unions.
He describes that saga here.
Now, Looper is saying she is absolutely opposed to Senate Bill 2. In her statement, she channels former Sen. Dave Schultheis, a supporter in her current race, by calling civil unions a "dangerous step of redefining marriage." Marriage between one man and one woman, she continues, happens to be one of the most sacrosanct underpinnings of our democratic experiment, and the proponents of civil unions are threatening to "create severe and long-term societal consequences."
It's hard to miss where she officially stands on the issue, now.
Read her full press release.
Civil Unions and the Progressive Agenda…
Many political elites on both side of the aisle believe now is the time to redefine marriage between one man and one woman, and fundamentally change our culture. Unfortunately, Senate Bill 2 provides them the legislative vehicle to accomplish their goal.
I strongly oppose Senate Bill 2 and believe it takes the dangerous step of redefining marriage. The voters of Colorado have spoken, they do not want marriage redefined and it is not appropriate for 100 elected officials to override their wishes.
Since 2003, there have been numerous policies implemented that provide sexual orientation protections, benefits for domestic partners, designated beneficiary agreements and alternative lifestyle educational requirements that erode our nation’s traditional family and religious principles.
The argument that two individuals do not have statutory authority in matters of finances, property, medical and end of life decisions is not accurate. In 2009 the Democrat controlled House, Senate and Governor’s office, passed House Bill 1260 – The Colorado Designated Beneficiary Act allowing two people to enter into agreements providing each other rights;
• to jointly acquire property;
• to be the designated as beneficiary in non-probate transfers related to death;
• to be designated as the beneficiary in a life or health insurance policy, retirement plan;
• to have priority appointment as personal representative;
• to make nursing home and hospital visits;
• to make medical decisions;
• to inherit property
Unfortunately, one of our nation’s most sacred and important principles, marriage between one man and one woman is again under assault at the Colorado State Capitol and your help is needed! Please call your State Legislators today at 800-811-7647 and ask them to oppose Senate Bill 2! Any type of civil union policy will create severe and long-term societal consequences.