The Colorado House voted 39-26 Tuesday to allow gay couples to form civil unions despite protests from Republicans that the issue will wind up in court because it doesn’t offer religious exemptions.
Speaker Mark Ferrandino, a gay Denver Democrat who has carried the bill for three straight years, said the bill is about love, family and equality under the law.
“”We should make laws that are just for everyone,” he said. “This wasn’t a choice. This is who I am. This is who we are. We need to make laws in our society that respect everyone equally.”
The bill now goes to Gov. John Gov. Hickenlooper, who is supportive of LGBT rights.