Jan 23, 2013 4:37 PM by AP posted by Juice Godfrey

Civil unions gets first vote in Colorado

DENVER (AP) - A proposal to grant gay couples rights similar to marriage is expected to pass its first vote from Colorado lawmakers.

A Senate committee is hearing testimony Wednesday from gay couples and supporters of traditional marriage on a civil unions bill that is expected to become law this year.

Democrats tried unsuccessfully the last two years to pass civil unions, but House Republicans have defeated the measure. Democrats now control both chambers of the legislature and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper supports the measure.



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