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SB 11 - Authorizes Civil Unions - Key Vote

Colorado Key Votes

Rollie Heath II voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Authorizes Civil Unions

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (39-26) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorizes Civil Unions

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes civil unions, effective May 1, 2013.

Highlights:
  • Defines “civil union” as a legal relationship between 2 individuals, who are at least 18 years of age, that provides rights, benefits, and responsibilities comparable to spouses including, but not limited to, the following laws (Secs. 1, 21 & 24):
    • Laws regarding private property inheritance;
    • Laws regarding adoption;
    • Laws regarding emergency and nonemergency medical care decisions;
    • Laws regarding medical and life insurance coverage; and
    • Laws regarding public assistance benefits.
  • Prohibits religious officials or officials of Indian nations from being required to certify civil unions (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes legal relationships that are substantially similar to civil unions, which were validly entered into in another state, to be considered as a civil union in Colorado (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes a partner in a civil union to be considered a dependent, including designation as a dependent for insurance purposes, effective January 1, 2014 (Secs. 1, 7, 27, & 32).
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (21-14) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorizes Civil Unions

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes civil unions, effective May 1, 2013.

Highlights:
  • Defines “civil union” as a legal relationship between 2 individuals, who are at least 18 years of age, that provides rights, benefits, and responsibilities comparable to spouses including, but not limited to, the following laws (Secs. 1, 21 & 24):
    • Laws regarding private property inheritance;
    • Laws regarding adoption;
    • Laws regarding emergency and nonemergency medical care decisions;
    • Laws regarding medical and life insurance coverage; and
    • Laws regarding public assistance benefits.
  • Prohibits religious officials or officials of Indian nations from being required to certify civil unions (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes legal relationships that are substantially similar to civil unions, which were validly entered into in another state, to be considered as a civil union in Colorado (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes a partner in a civil union to be considered a dependent, including designation as a dependent for insurance purposes, effective January 1, 2014 (Secs. 1, 7, 27, & 32).
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Authorizes Civil Unions

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