CO civil union bill going to committee Thursday, here are the Reps that need to hear from you

Daniel Gonzales

May 1st, 2012

SB-2 the civil union bill here in Colorado has been scheduled for a hearing by the House Judiciary Committee this Thursday (May 3).  This committee is generally regarded as the most important hurdle in the process because if the bill makes it to a floor vote in the House it will likely pass.

So Thursday’s Judiciary Committee hearing is a bit of a showdown.  It’s where the bill died last year after hours of passionate testimony failed to overcome a one vote Republican majority on the committee.

Here’s a list of the Republicans who sit on Thursday’s committee.  I would encourage you to contact them and speak compassionately, persuasively, and respectfully about the need to protect committed gay and lesbian families here in Colorado.

Rep. Brian Delgrosso, HD-51 Loveland
brian@briandelgrosso.com
303-866-2947
Facebook profile

Rep. BJ Nikkel, HD-49 Loveland
rep.nikkel@gmail.com
303-866-2907

Rep. Mark Waller, HD-15 Colorado Springs
mark.waller.house@state.co.us
303-866-5525
Facebook profile

Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg, HD-65 Sterling
jerry.sonnenberg.house@state.co.us and Jerry@RepSonnenberg.com
303-866-3706
Facebook profile

Rep. Mark Barker, HD-17 Colorado Springs
mark.barker.house@state.co.us and mark@markbarker.org
719-339-8265 and 303-866-3069
Facebook profile

Rep. Bob Gardner, HD-21 Colorado Springs
bob.gardner.house@state.co.us
303-866-2191

Timothy Kincaid

May 1st, 2012

Daniel,

Are any of them approachable?

Stefan

May 1st, 2012

Delgrosso and Nikkel are the most moveable BTW.

-Delgrosso commented that he would be open to it, and was concerned about the hardships faced by LGBT persons, but felt that the reciprocal benefits bill did enough to address concerns.

-Nikkel will not run for another term. She did say she’d be open this time around to voting for it, and also she looked clearly ashamned when she voted against the bill last year.

Daniel Gonzales

May 1st, 2012

Delgrosso has been making the media think he’s open to both sides, and an One Colorado staffer tweeted from the Capitol last week during the Senate floor vote “Father Carmady [of the Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs] is the hallway talking super loud to [Sen] Lundburg about civil unions. He says [Rep] Delgrosso is making him nervous.”
https://twitter.com/#!/Shanita27/status/195188699305226240

Also BJ Nikkel is not seeking reelection and so far every member of the GOP to go for civil unions in CO has been a woman.

Sonnenberg and Nikkel both attended a luncheon held by One Colorado’s education non-profit division in 2010.
http://blogs.denverpost.com/thespot/2010/03/11/former-musgrave-staffer-attends-gay-rights-luncheon/6782/#more-6782

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