More good news coming from the Rocky Mountain State. The Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced the civil unions bill on a 6-3 vote, reports the Denver Post.
Republican Ellen Roberts of Durango voted with the five Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee to send the bill to the Finance Committee. The bill was opposed by Republicans Kevin Lundberg of Berthoud, Mark Scheffel of Parker and Steve King of Grand Junction.
Lundberg, who was successful in his attempt in 2006 to get voters to outlaw same-sex marriage, said the civil-unions bill is an attempt to simulate marriage. "It is as close to marriage as can be construed in Colorado law without using that word," he said.
SB 172 was introduced by openly gay state Senator Pat Steadman. The bill is expected to pass the Democrat-controlled Senate but the outcome is "uncertain" in the Republican-controlled House.
Over the weekend, the Colorado Democratic Party elected former Congressional aide Rick Palacio as their new president. Palacio is 36-years-old, openly gay and Latino.