February 8, 2013
By Scottie Thomaston
The civil unions bill in Colorado just passed a second reading in the state Senate, according to Think Progress. They write:
Just now, the Colorado Senate voted 21-14 to approve Senate Bill 11, which would create civil unions for same-sex couples. This was the second of two readings, with a final vote expected on Monday. During the debate, several Republicans attempted to add various amendments that would create special religious protections for adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples, but none of them passed. Denver area political reporter Eli Stokols pointed out that last year’s civil unions bill had such protections, but House Republicans went out of their way to block that bill from passing.
The bill passed the first Senate hurdle in late January. The Senate will hold one more vote on the measure before it can be sent to the House. That vote is expected next week, possibly as early as Monday.
Democrats have a majority in Colorado’s House of Representatives and the bill is expected to pass.