A Colorado lawmaker on Monday introduced legislation that would legalize civil unions for same-sex couples.
Sen. Pat Steadman (D-Denver), who is openly gay, said the bill “is a method of recognizing committed relationships between two people, and allowing them to access the full scope of protections in Colorado law.”
The Colorado Independent reports:
The bill comes after weeks of anticipation … After the legislative session began in January, Steadman allowed bill drafters time to pour through the hundreds of instances where statutes address the rights and responsibilities of married couples.
He plans to have lawmakers opposed to the bill articulate exactly which of those rights and responsibilities they would keep from gay Coloradans.
Washington state lawmaker introduces marriage equality legislation
In what may be a mostly symbolic move, one Washington state lawmaker thought Valentine’s Day an appropriate day to introduce legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in the Evergreen State.
It was on Valentine’s Day in 1998 that lawmakers passed the state’s Defense of Marriage Act, defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
But today, 13 years later, Sen. Ed Murray (D-Seattle) introduced Senate Bill 5793, which would allow same-sex couples to enter into civil marriage in Washington.
The Spokesman-Review reports:
“We’ve made tremendous progress since 1998,” Murray said.
“Gay and lesbian families in Washington now enjoy the same state spousal rights that their married straight friends enjoy — except for the name ‘marriage’.
“The recognition that their loving, lifelong commitment is no different from the loving, lifelong commitment of straight couples is the final step to achieving full equality. I believe the Legislature and the public are both ready to take that final step.”
Source for Colorado, source for Washington.