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Civil unions bill passes second reading in Colorado House

Civil Unions

By Jacob Combs

The Colorado House today gave its initial approval for a proposed civil unions bill that has already passed the state Senate.  A House committee advanced the bill to the full floor late last week.

Republicans are seeking to write religious exemptions into the bill’s final language, but Democrats believe that could open up same-sex couples to discrimination.  A final vote on the measure is expected later this week.  Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, has said he will sign the bill into law.

UPDATE (5:20 p.m. Eastern): According to reporter Mike Conneen, the civil unions bill’s final vote will occur tomorrow.


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