Civil unions proposal clears first legislative hurdle in Colorado

January 24, 2013

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.