When Montrose Republican Don Coram cast a deciding vote Monday night to kill Colorado’s civil unions bill, he “let down” a gay community that includes his only child, his son told The Denver Post.
They’ll be back at the Capitol this morning, but it’s unclear if Colorado lawmakers will do anything different on the issue of civil unions during the special legislative session that begins today.
How do you think the issue of civil unions will play out at the Capitol?
Today’s front page: Vows for action
Gov. John Hickenlooper said Wednesday that he would call a special session to make sure there was ample time to debate a civil unions bill. At times emotional, Hickenlooper said not allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions was “depriving people of their civil rights.”
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A bill to allow same-sex couples to form civil unions died on the calendar late Tuesday, taking down with it more than 30 other measures in a dramatic game of political chicken in which no one would blink.
As the clock ticks down on the Colorado legislative session, a civil-unions bill must be heard today by the House Appropriations Committee and then debated by the entire House in order to survive.
Do you think the House will vote on the bill before the session ends, or will the time run out? And if it runs out, who is to blame?
“I think it was the right thing to do. We’re all Coloradans, right? … I think we ought to move forward and bring it to a vote in the House.”
- Rep. B.J. Nikkel, R-Loveland, who joined with Democrats to advance Senate Bill 2 on a 6-5 vote.
Hundreds of gay and lesbian couples across New York state plan to marry today, the culmination of a long battle in the Legislature and a new milestone for gay-rights advocates seeking to legalize same-sex marriage across the nation.
The first marriages were scheduled to take place just after midnight in Niagara Falls, where officials planned to illuminate the famous cascade in the colors of a rainbow, and in Albany, where an eager mayor planned to marry eight gay couples.
In New York City, 823 couples signed up in advance to get marriage licenses today, and many of those couples were expected to marry minutes later in city clerk’s offices across the five boroughs.
(Source: The Denver Post)
BREAKING: End of Military Gay Ban; Sec. of Defense Panetta to Certify End of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’
Defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta will certify that gays may serve openly in the armed services. News of his decision comes two weeks after top military leaders agreed that repealing the 17-year-old ban will not hurt military readiness.
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Propelled by the advancement of gay rights across the country over the past few years, Aurora college student Mark Olmstead hopes to overturn the 2006 ballot measure that defined marriage in Colorado as between a man and a woman.
The state’s title board will review the language of his ballot- initiative proposal next week. If it is approved, the next step will be to collect 86,000 signatures to get the initiative before voters in the 2012 election.