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SB 2 - Authorizes Civil Unions - Colorado Key Vote

Irene Aguilar voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (23-12) - (Key vote)
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Title: Authorizes Civil Unions

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that defines marriage and authorizes civil unions, effective October 12, 2012.

  • Defines "marriage" as the legally-recognized union of 1 man and 1 woman" (Sec. 2).
  • Specifies that a civil union is a legal relationship established by two people to receive benefits and responsibilities comparable to spousal benefits and responsibilities which include, but are not limited to, the following (Sec. 2):
    • Financial support;
    • Workers' compensation benefits;
    • Responsibilities relating to adoption;
    • Health insurance coverage and life insurance benefits;
    • Domestic abuse program benefits;
    • Public assistance benefits;
    • Decisions relating to emergency and nonemergency medical care; and
    • Decisions relating to disposition of last remains.
  • Requires both parties in a civil union to meet the following eligibility criteria (Sec. 2):
    • Both parties are over the age of 18, regardless of their gender;
    • Neither party is under guardianship;
    • Neither party is party to another civil union; and
    • Neither party is married.
  • Prohibits individuals from entering into a civil union with any of the following individuals (Sec. 2):
    • An ancestor;
    • A descendant;
    • A brother or sister;
    • An aunt or uncle; or
    • A niece or nephew.
  • Authorizes private child placement agencies to refuse to place a child in foster care or adoption when the proposed placement of a child with persons who have entered into a civil union violates the agency’s written religious or moral convictions or policies (Sec. 2).
  • Specifies that a partner in a civil union may be considered a dependent, including designation as a dependent for insurance purposes, effective January 1, 2013 (Sec. 7).
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Authorizes Civil Unions


  • Edward Casso (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Mark Ferrandino (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Dickey Lee Hullinghorst (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Daniel Kagan (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Andrew 'Andy' Kerr (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Claire Levy (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Joe Miklosi (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Sue Schafer (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Patrick 'Pat' Steadman (CO - D) (Out Of Office)


  • Bob L. Bacon (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Betty Boyd (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Morgan L. Carroll (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Joyce Foster (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)
  • Michael 'Mike' Johnston (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)
  • Ellen S. Roberts (CO - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Brandon C. Shaffer (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Lois A. Tochtrop (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Suzanne S. Williams (CO - D) (Out Of Office)

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