One Last Hurdle for Gay Civil Unions in Colorado
Colorado is just a hairs-breadth from passing SB 172, a bill to grant same sex civil unions. Over time the voters of Colorado have been brought around to see that marriage equality is a basic right, and polls show now that 70% of Coloradans support that. The Colorado State Senate has just passed a Civil Unions bill, and there are enough votes in the house to pass the it, and the governor has said he'll sign it. Finally Colorado is poised to join the other ten states that have civil unions or gay marriage!
Of course there is a catch: the bill may never even make it to a vote in the Colorado House.
That's because Republicans in the state house have a one-vote majority over Democrats, so the Speaker of the House, Frank McNulty, could kill the bill with procedural tricks. All he has to do is send the bill to a committee where a majority of the committee doesn't support the bill, and let them vote to "table the motion indefinitely." To do so he'd have to override the will of the people, the majority opinion of both state houses and the governor, and set himself up as a one-man barrier to equality for Colorado's gay and lesbian couples.
One man shouldn't deny equality to all Colorado's gay and lesbian couples, which are a basic right. Tell Speaker McNulty to make sure that SB 172 gets a fair hearing, and comes up for a vote.
(Photo by Ludovic Bertron)
As polls have repeatedly shown, over seventy percent of Colorado citizens support this bill, and are increasingly aware that this is a civil rights issue. The legalized second-class status of same-sex relationships in Colorado has had heart-rending impacts on same sex couples, their friends and relatives, and on their adopted children. According to a study at the Williams Institute at UCLA Law School, granting gay and lesbian couples the same rights and responsibilities as opposite sex couples will even save the state millions of dollars. There is literally no excuse for not passing this bill immediately. Colorado citizens will find it unacceptable if you send this bill to committee to die.
I'm asking you to ensure that this bill receives an especially thorough, well-publicized hearing, and moves quickly to a full vote on the house floor.