May 8, 2012 7:17 AM by Kate Richards

Civil union bills face last minute drama

DENVER (AP) - Civil unions are close to becoming law in Colorado amid last-minute drama in the Republican-controlled House.

The bill is expected to clear a final committee Tuesday to reach the full House for debate and initial vote. The issue divides House Republicans who have a 33-32 voting edge. But the bill has enough votes to clear the chamber.

Lawmakers adjourn at midnight Wednesday and must take a final vote before then or the bill dies. Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper supports the bill.

The bill could mark a dramatic shift in a state that banned gay marriage in 2006.

Democrats are concerned Republicans will use procedural tactics to run out the clock on the bill. Republican House Speaker Frank McNulty says Democrats turned the issue into a manufactured end-of-session crisis for political gain.


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