Monday, February 14, 2011

Civil unions on the way in Colorado?

Posted By on Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Today, Valentine's Day, Sen. Pat Steadman, a Denver Democrat who is openly gay, introduced a civil-unions bill to the state Legislature.


According to the Colorado Independent:

State Sen. Pat Steadman introduced his civil unions bill in the Colorado capitol Monday, a Valentine’s Day treat for lawmakers to consider in the coming months.

“Civil unions will allow committed couples to share in the responsibilities and protections in Colorado law that most families take for granted,” he said in a release. “Our society is stronger when we promote personal responsibility and taking care of one another, and civil unions do just that." ...

Civil unions reach into matters great and small. They would grant same-sex couples the ability to share health insurance policies, pass on property to one another, take family leave to care for one another, visit each other in the hospital and in prison, sign school field trip forms for children and make medical and end-of-life decisions.

Steadman’s bill would not require religious officials to certify the civil union partnerships.

Earlier this month, the Colorado Independent reported on a Public Policy Polling survey that showed that "More than 70 percent of Coloradans support legally recognized domestic partnerships, including those between same-sex couples."

If you live in Colorado, and wish to support passing of the bill, you can send a message through the Human Rights Campaign to your elected officials.

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