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SB 172 - Authorizes Civil Unions - Key Vote

Colorado Key Votes

Kent Lambert voted Nay (Passage) on this Legislation.

Read statements Kent Lambert made in this general time period.




Stage Details

Legislation - Referred to Committee (House) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (23-12) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorizes Civil Unions

Vote Result
Yea Votes
Nay Votes
Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes civil unions, effective September 1, 2011.

  • Authorizes two adults to enter into a civil union, regardless of gender (Sec. 2).
  • Prohibits parties from entering into a civil union under the following conditions (Sec. 2):
    • One or both of the parties are married to another person;
    • One or both of the parties are in a civil union with another person;
    • The parties are related to each other; or
    • One or both of the parties are under 18 years of age.
  • Specifies that the members of a civil union are granted the same benefits, protections, and responsibilities that are granted to spouses in a marriage, including, but not limited to, the following (Sec. 2):
    • Financial support;
    • Workers' compensation benefits;
    • Adoption law and procedure;
    • State employee group benefit plans;
    • Domestic abuse programs; and
    • Decisions relating to medical care.
  • Defines “marriage” as the legally recognized union of one man and one woman (Sec. 2).
  • Specifies that officials of religious institutions or denominations are not required to certify a civil union (Sec. 2).
  • Specifies that civil unions, domestic partnerships, or “substantially” similar legal relationships from other jurisdictions are considered a civil union in Colorado (Sec. 2).
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Authorizes Civil Unions


  • Bob L. Bacon (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Betty Boyd (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Morgan L. Carroll (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Edward Casso (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Lois Court (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Mark Ferrandino (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Rhonda Fields (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Randy Fischer (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Joyce Foster (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Deb Gardner (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Angela Giron (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Rollie Heath II (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Mary A. Hodge (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Evie Hudak (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Dickey Lee Hullinghorst (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Michael 'Mike' Johnston (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Matt Jones (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Daniel Kagan (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • John M. Kefalas (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Andrew 'Andy' Kerr (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Jeanne Labuda (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Claire Levy (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Elizabeth H. 'Beth' McCann (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Joe Miklosi (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • John P. Morse (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Linda M. Newell (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Jeanne Nicholson (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Cherylin N. Peniston (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Su Ryden (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Sue Schafer (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Gail S. Schwartz (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Brandon C. Shaffer (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Patrick 'Pat' Steadman (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Lois A. Tochtrop (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Nancy Janann Todd (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Max Tyler (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Edward 'Ed' Vigil (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Suzanne S. Williams (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Angela Williams (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Roger Ben Wilson (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
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