Republicans reject Colorado civil unions bill
April 1, 2011
DENVER (AP) – Republicans have rejected a bill to grant civil unions to same-sex couples after hearing seven hours of testimony in a committee room overflowing with people.
A GOP-led House committee voted Thursday to shelve the measure that would have made Colorado the eighth state in the country with civil union legislation or similar legal recognitions for gay couples. The bill died on a 6-5 party-line vote.
Gov. John Hickenlooper earlier wrote a letter in support of the bill and urged committee members to let the proposal be heard in the full House. It passed the Democratic-controlled Senate last week.
Couples in civil unions would have rights similar to married couples, including the ability to be involved in their partner’s medical decisions. The bill would also enhance inheritance rights and make it easier for couples to list each other as dependents on health insurance.