Colorado OKs Civil Unions
Backers vow to push for same-sex marriage next
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2013 9:50 PM CDT
Updated Mar 12, 2013 10:05 PM CDT
Rep. Claire Levy, D-Boulder, and Rep. Dickie Lee Hullinghorst, D-Longmont, confer as the Civil Unions bill is debated.   (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

(Newser) – Add Colorado to the list of states that will recognize same-sex partnerships, although lawmakers today approved civil unions, not full marriages, reports the Denver Post. Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper will sign the measure into law in May, and activists promised to keep pushing for recognition of marriage itself. The vote comes about two weeks before the Supreme Court hears arguments in two separate cases that have the potential to determine whether the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage, notes NBC News.

"We're not there yet,” says a state senator who sponsored the bill. “Civil unions are not marriage. They are something that are separate and distinct and lesser and unequal and that really is not good enough." Voters in Colorado approved a 2006 constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

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Mar 13, 2013 8:08 AM CDT
People should be able to marry whatever they want! Marry your dog and claim him/her as an exemption on your taxes.
Mar 13, 2013 5:12 AM CDT
Newser- You don't get it. 98% of American does not care if ho mos marry or whatever.
Mar 12, 2013 11:05 PM CDT
This is the type of madness that engulfs us when we have no pope to guide us. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WILL YOU GUYS IN DRESSES PLEASE PICK US A NEW POPE!