Colorado Lawmakers Kill Civil Unions Bill

Legislative session ends before full vote on equality

One day after North Carolina voters approved a discriminatory constitutional amendment banning recognition of gay relationships, Colorado lawmakers failed to bring its civil unions bill for a full vote before the end of the legislative session, Reuters reported Wednesday. Procedural rules prevented several measures, including the civil unions bill, from being presented

Had the bill come for a full vote and passed, Colorado would have become only the second state in the Rocky Mountain region to recognize some form of same-sex unions. Nevada legalized domestic partnerships in 2009.

“We’ll continue to fight,” said Democratic Representative Mark Ferrandino, the openly gay House minority leader who sponsored the bill. He added that this year’s bill had advanced farther in the legislative process than any previous civil unions measure.

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