Co lawmakers to hear public on civil unions bill

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) - A proposal to grant same-sex couples similar rights and protections as married couples is up for its first vote at the Colorado legislature.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hear public testimony Monday afternoon on a bill that would allow couples to enter into a civil union. Senate Bill 172 would give couples in civil unions several rights, including the ability to be involved in their partner's medical decisions. The bill also enhances inheritance rights and makes it easier for couples to list each other as dependents on health insurance.

Colorado voters approved a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in 2006 and this bill would not affect that because gay couples still would not be able to marry.

Democrats have a majority in the Senate and all 20 of those senators support the bill.

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