A gay rights poll conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP) sheds some light on marriage equality and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) acceptance in the Centennial State. According to the study, more than 70-percent of Coloradans support legal rights for LGBT couples and are in favor of civil unions.
One Colorado Executive Director Brad Clark says that’s a big shift since 2006, when the state passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
“There’s been a sea change in public attitude over the last several years. This shouldn’t be a Democratic or Republican issue. Issues involving basic fundamental legal protection should be something we should all agree on.”
Shawna Kemppainen hopes that the Colorado Civil Unions Act will pass so that she can have the same rights and decision-making weight as any other married couple in her position. Her longtime partner has muscular dystrophy.
“There are a lot of responsibilities and protections that we think are just fair for gay and lesbian couples to be able to have, but it’s about much more than that. It’s really the way that our love can be fairly recognized, as well.” She adds that her and her partner share “the relationship of a lifetime” and that the Colorado Civil Unions Act passing “is critical way for the United States and for Colorado to say you are as good as. That you count.”
The Colorado Civil Unions Act was introduced to the Senate on Valentine’s Day by Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver. “Civil unions will allow committed couples to share in the responsibilities and protections in Colorado law that most families take for granted,” Steadman said. “Our society is stronger when we promote personal responsibility and taking care of one another and civil unions do just that.”
The bill is expected to pass in the Senate because of its Democratic-control, but it is unknown if it will pass in the House whereRepublicans hold a single-vote margin.
Check out the PPP results here.