Had former House Speaker Frank McNulty allowed a final vote on civil unions last year, he might still hold the gavel and a Republican majority. Had that happened, the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Pat Steadman, might have had time to form a civil union with his long-time partner, Dave Misner, who died from cancer over the summer, months after the legislative session ended. Had that happened, Steadman wouldn’t be back at the Capitol this year with a modified bill that will recognize same-sex civil unions for thousands of committed Colorado couples, without any exemptions for those with religious objections. “This is about love,” said a heartbroken Steadman on Wednesday.
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