Colorado civil unions bill faces toughest test yet |

Colorado civil unions bill faces toughest test yet

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER – A proposal granting same-sex couples rights similar to marriage is being decided by a committee that includes Republicans from some of Colorado’s most conservative counties.

The bill to allow civil unions in Colorado easily passed the Senate last week with three Republicans joining all the Democrats voting for it. But Democrats concede it’s unclear whether it will make it out of a Republican-led committee.

Senate Bill 172 is being heard Thursday afternoon.

Democrats say the bill could clear the House if all members are allowed to vote.

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 enhance inheritance rights and make it easier for couples to list each other as dependents on health insurance

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