A legislative committee approved a bill that allows same-sex couples to enter into civil unions in Colorado. The bill faces two more committee votes.
The Associated Press reports:
The support for civil unions became clear when dozens of audience members stood up in largest hearing room of the Colorado state Capitol, many wearing red shirts that read, “One Love.”
Later Thursday night, the civil unions bill to provide legal protections to gay couples similar to marriage passed in the Republican-led committee that rejected the same legislation last year. A Republican who previously voted against the bill said she switched her vote.
The measure faces two more committee votes, but sponsors are optimistic they have enough support to get the legislation within a week to Gov. John Hickenlooper, who is firmly behind the plan. The measure has already passed the Senate.
The newfound support means Colorado could become the latest of more than a dozen states to provide such protection.
Gay couples and their straight allies who waited into the night for the vote were initially hushed after the 6-5 vote. But moments later burst into tears and hugged one another, milling around the committee room long after the vote was taken.
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Civil Unions Rally At The Denver City And County Building