CO civil unions almost reality, bigger fight looms

DENVER — Colorado Democrats will move civil unions for gay couples closer to a reality in the coming weeks, but there’s a bigger battle looming over marriage for same-sex couples.

Senate Democrats are poised to give initial approval to a civil unions bill Wednesday. The measure will likely clear both chambers quickly and be signed by the governor.

Democrats are guarded about the possibility of marriage for gay couples because the state constitution bans it. Opponents of civil unions like Focus on the Family’s CitizenLink say they worry gay marriage is the ultimate goal.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in March on California’s constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Democratic Sen. Pat Steadman, the civil unions sponsor, says Colorado’s constitutional amendment “will not stand the test of time.”

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