Public ceremony scheduled for Gov. Hickenlooper to sign Civil Unions bill

Pen makes signatureAt long last, civil unions are going to be signed into law. On Thursday, March 21 2013, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper will sign the bill making civil unions legal in the state of Colorado. The 39-26 vote was a cause for rejoicing for state Democrats, and a source of contention for Republicans. The primary reason for the opposition’s stance centers on how civil unions and religion interact. Which raises the question; what ever happened to separation of church and state in politics?

Republicans protested the bill because it does not offer religious exemptions which they say will cause the issue to wind up in court. Still, Republicans who came out in favor of the bill say voting in favor was not just good politics, but good for people.

“What this bill is about is personal freedom and individual liberties,” said Cheri Gerou, R-Evergreen, one of two Republicans supporting Senate Bill 11. “This is a good conservative bill.”

The long fought battle is particularly sweet for two lawmakers; State Senator Pat Steadman and Speaker of the State House of Representatives Mark Ferrandino. The two have been on the front lines of the issue since the beginning, and both felt the sting of defeat at the end of session last year. In that vote, then House Speaker Frank McNulty mired the bill in bureaucratic red tape causing it to die before a complete vote could be held. But this time, it was Democrats who had the last word, inspiring Senator Steadman to take to the Twitter-sphere with a poem he wrote in honor of the momentous occasion.

“11 is a prime number. Eleven is a lovely word.  It’s binary; a pair of ones. It’s two like things, bound together, to make a whole of ones.”

So, when Governor Hickenlooper puts pen to paper this week, he will not only be changing the lives of countless men and women in this state. He will also be striking a blow for all those who fought so hard on the front lines for equality under the law for all Coloradans  Representative Ferrandino summed it up best when asked what the vote meant to the state;

“This bill is about three simple things,” Ferrandino said. “It’s about love, it’s about family, and it’s about equality under the law.”

Governor Hickenlooper is slated to sign the bill this Thursday, March 21st in a public ceremony to be held at the Historic Colorado Center. Scheduled for 3:00pm, we will keep you posted as to any updates in this auspicious event.

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One Colorado holds (Un)Civil Soiree as thank you for staff & supporters

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N.C. same-sex marriage vote could have ripple effect nationwide

Could marriage ban in NC spell end of hopes for other states?

North Carolina is the latest state to join the ranks of adding a same-sex marriage ban to their constitution. They would join 12 other southern states with similar bans in their state constitutions. Colorado passed their own constitutional amendment in 2006, under a cloud of criticism. The North Carolina ban is a bit more inclusive than Colorado’s same sex marriage ban; it includes civil unions in the ban as well.

With a civil unions bill in the state senate in Colorado, proponents on both sides will be watching this vote with a great deal of scrutiny; including Sen. Pat Steadman, the voice of civil unions in Colorado’s senate.

“The amendment will allow the people of North Carolina to decide what marriage is defined as,” said state Senator Daniel Soucek, a Republican sponsor of the bill.

What are your thoughts on this pending piece of legislation in NC? What effect will it have on future plans for same-sex marriage in other states? Weigh in in our comments section.

Pulse Denver talks with Colorado Senator Pat Steadman on Civil Unions

With gay marriage no longer an option, will civil unions offer protections same-sex couples want and need?

In the April issue of Pulse magazine, Colorado state Sen. Pat Steadman sat down to discuss his views on the topic of civil unions in the state of Colorado. Senate Bill 2 is a hot button issue in Colorado, and may be heading to voters soon. Sen. Steadman offers a candid, informed, and poignant view of a subject near and dear to his heart.

Voters took away the option of gay marriage with a vote to amend the state constitution in 2006. This is the next best option to insure some protections for same-sex couples here in Colorado. But will that be enough?

What are your thoughts on the topic? Share your comments with us…

Civil unions a hot button issue in Denver Politics

Tearing down the wall of inequality with civil unions in Colorado

The quest for the passage of civil unions bill wages on in Denver. Read the view from Minority Leader Mark Ferrandino on the issue here…http://www.pulsedenver.com/articles/politics/civil-unions-in-colorado/