Target: Mark Ferrandino, Colorado State Speaker of the House
Goal: Demand that gay and lesbian couples be afforded the right to a civil union.
The Colorado Civil Unions Bill has started the long journey to being passed once again. The bill, which formally allows gay couples to form civil unions, passed its first test in the Colorado Senate when a committee voted 3-2 in its favor. This is the first step in many in its journey to Governor John Hikenlooper’s desk. According to a poll by Public Policy Polling in August, 57 percent of Coloradans support the Civil Unions Bill, with 37 percent opposed. The Colorado State Legislature must realize this support for civil unions, and continue to vote in favor of this important civil rights issue.
Democrats introduced this bill in 2011 and 2012, but the measure failed both times. A similar measure was rejected by voters in 2006, while a ballot measure defining marriage as being between one man and one woman was passed. But a lot can happen in seven years, as evidenced by the clear support for civil unions in the Public Policy Polling survey from August. Not only do Democrats control both chambers of Congress, but Mark Ferrandino, a sponsor of the bill in years past, recently became Colorado’s first openly gay speaker of the house.
Because of the lack of recognition of civil unions, our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters are denied basic services such as hospital visitation rights, the ability to adopt a child together, and the ability to share benefits, such as insurance plans. By signing the petition below you will be urging the Colorado State Legislature to extend basic civil rights to these loving, deserving couples. Gay and lesbian couples deserve to be seen equally under the law, and the Colorado Civil Unions Bill is a great step in that direction.
Dear Mark Ferrandino,
With public support of civil unions at an all-time high in Colorado, now is the time to pass the Colorado Civil unions Bill. According to a poll by Public Policy Polling in August, 57 percent of Coloradans support the Civil Unions Bill, with 37 percent opposed. Without this bill, gay and lesbian couples are denied basic services like hospital visitation rights, the ability to adopt a child together, and the ability to share benefits, such as insurance plans.
With Democratic control of both houses of Congress, plus the Governorship, the time to act is now. Please help encourage your colleagues to continue the Colorado Civil Union Bill’s passage through the State Legislature. Thank you for your continued support for these marginalized members of our society.
[Your Name Here]
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