by Chet Hardin
The state Senate passed a bill to create the Colorado Civil Union Act, which would allow "any 2 unmarried adults, regardless of gender, to enter into a civil union."
The bill was introduced by Sen. Pat Steadman and passed by a 23 to 12 vote.
SB 127, introduced by Sen. Pat Steadman, would allow both same-sex and opposite-sex couples to enter into civil unions giving couples all of the rights, benefits, and obligations of marriage under state law, but would not allow same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses.
While this is a significant step for the creation of the act, legislation still has to make it through the Republican-controlled House. There is reason for supporters to be optimistic, not the least of which is that three Republicans broke ranks in the Senate to vote for passage. The Republicans only hold a narrow 33-32 majority in the House, so there is a chance that a couple of the GOPers could be equally persuaded.
Of course, the first real challenge will be in committee.
And, as Colorado Pol offered yesterday, how that plays out will offer useful insight into House Speaker Frank McNulty.
From what we've heard, McNulty could surprise: having known higher political aspirations, it's a situation where McNulty could significantly reduce opposition to future career moves from some powerful interests who play in our state's politics. Also, in view of the polling numbers above, it might be a good time to show off Meghan McCain's Republican Party, since her Dad's Republican Party is looking a little old-fashioned to the next generation of voters.