Tuesday, March 12, 2012
CONTACT: Alan Franklin, Political Director at 303-991-1900

DENVER: As a strong majority in the Colorado House of Representatives gave final passage today to Senate Bill 13-011, the Colorado Civil Union Act, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, celebrated this historic moment.

“From Amendment 2 to today, we’ve come a long way here in Colorado,” said ProgressNow Colorado social media director Jen Caltrider. “Equality isn’t just a word, it’s a reality in the lives of gay and lesbian Coloradans. As a lesbian, I can now be proud to live in a state that recognizes my relationship and my commitment with similar equality to my straight friends and neighbors. I hope this is just one more step forward to full equality for all LGBT people, not just in Colorado but across the United States of America.”

“Equality for gay and lesbian citizens in our society is one of the great civil rights frontiers of our time,” said Alan Franklin, political director of ProgressNow Colorado. “Today’s victory in the Colorado House, giving final passage to these basic rights and obligations for same-sex families, is something progressives have sought for years. It took an election and a change of power, but today we celebrate the result of patient work to change hearts and minds.”

“Today’s vote reflects change not just in the Colorado legislature, but among Colorado’s citizens who overwhelmingly support civil unions in public polling. We are grateful to the sponsors of the Civil Union Act—Senator Pat Steadman, and Rep. Sue Schafer and Speaker Mark Ferrandino—for their hard work,” said Franklin.

“There is nothing more satisfying than being on the right side of history,” said Caltrider.