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Civil Unions Weighed Again in CO, Some GOP Support

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DENVER – Legislation granting Colorado same-sex couples similar rights to married couples will be considered again this year.

The topic was among the most emotional in the Legislature last year. Gay couples pleaded for equal rights before a Republican-led committee voted down the idea.

This time Republicans inside and outside the Capitol are drumming up support for civil unions but its prospects remains unclear in the House Republican committee where it will eventually land.

The bill would give gay couples the ability to be involved in their partner’s medical decisions, enhance inheritance and parental rights, and make health insurance coverage easier.

The bill is expected to be introduced today as lawmakers convene for the new session.

About a dozen states allow either civil unions or same-same marriage.

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