Senate gives preliminary OK to civil unions

The Colorado Senate approved a measure today that would allow gays and lesbians to enter into civil unions.

The measure, introduced by two of four openly gay lawmakers who currently serve in the Legislature, would give homosexual couples some of the same rights afforded to heterosexual couples, such as inheritance rights and the ability to make medical decisions for each other.

Ten Republicans opposed the bill, saying it would substantially change what marriage is, and Colorado voters don’t want to go down that road. All 20 Democrats in the chamber are co-sponsors of the measure, but some Republicans also voted for it.

The measure requires a final Senate vote, which could come as early as tomorrow.



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