DENVER (AP) -- A proposal granting gay couples rights similar to married couples got initial approval from Colorado Democratic senators after hours of testimony that was at times emotional.
A Senate committee voted 3-2 to advance the bill, with Republicans opposing.
The vote came after lawmakers heard hours of testimony from gay couples and supporters of traditional marriage on the civil unions legislation. It's the first of several votes before the bill could become law.
Democrats tried unsuccessfully the last two years to pass civil unions. House Republicans have previously defeated the measure, but Democrats now control the Legislature and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper is expected to sign the bill.
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