Colorado House Judiciary Committee Advances Civil Unions Act

Jim Burroway

May 4th, 2012

BTB’s Daniel Gonzales live-tweeted this evening’s (May 3) session of the Colorado House Judiciary Committee, which voted 6-5 to advance the Civil Unions Bill. The bill now goes on to the House Finance Committee before reaching the House floor, where it is expected that there is enough GOP support in the Republican-controlled chamber to pass the bill. The Senate passed the bill last week with bipartisan support. Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper has promised to sign the bill if it reaches his desk.

Rep BJ Nikkel (R) listens to testimony during the committee hearing. House sponsor Mark Ferrandino (D) in the foreground. Photo by Dan Gonzales.

Rep BJ Nikkel was swarmed by reporters after providing the swing vote necessary for the committee to pass the bill. In last year's hearing in which the bill died Nikkel had been a "no" vote. Photo by Dan Gonzales.

Timothy Kincaid

May 4th, 2012

What a difference a year makes. I seem to recall you saying that Nikkel looked upset and ashamed last year. But in your picture she looks radiant.

Funny thing… I’ve heard legislators of all parties say that they regret their anti-gay votes. Yet I’ve never heard a single one – not even a Republican targeted by NOM – ever say they wish they hadn’t voted pro-equality. At the end of the day, there’s something rewarding about being able to hold your head up and know that you followed your heart and your mind and did the right thing.

Timothy Kincaid

May 4th, 2012

And Daniel, when you get a chance, please let us know whether Finance is safe or if we have another nail-biter in that committee.

Stefan

May 4th, 2012

Finance is safe. At least one Republican (Kathleen Conti) is supportive, while another is leaning to our side I believe.

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