Target: Colorado State Senate
Goal: Applaud Colorado legislators for approving civil unions and extending rights to same-sex couples
Colorado legislators recently approved a measure which extends many rights to same-sex couples by allowing civil unions. Colorado has a long history of denying equal rights for gay and lesbian couples, and this legislation will provide much-needed change for the citizens of this state. The measure passed after several rounds of debate by a 21-14 vote, with a sole Republican voting “yes.” Her boldness, however, helped to sway the vote as she left many Senators teary-eyed after telling the story of how her colleague’s brother had “hid in the shadows” until the age of 50, afraid to admit he was gay.
This civil unions bill will provide many additional benefits to same-sex couples. These benefits include property rights, prohibiting discrimination based on spousal status, the ability to adopt a child, and the rights to file domestic abuse charges. Couples in a civil union will also qualify for family leave at work, the right to include spouses on health and life insurance policies, and visitation rights in hospitals. While differentiating between civil unions and marriage is still discriminatory, at least gay and lesbian Coloradans can now enjoy many of the benefits of marriage.
The passage of this civil unions bill represents progress towards equality. Hopefully, this bill will help reduce discrimination based on sexual orientation in Colorado. Applaud the Colorado State Senate for approving civil unions for same-sex couples.
Dear Colorado State Senate,
Thank you for passing Senate Bill 12-002, which will allow civil unions in Colorado. Thanks to your cooperation and commitment to equality, same-sex couples will now obtain many rights that were previously unattainable. Senator Jean White’s vote is also commendable. She was the only Republican to vote for the passage of this bill, and her willingness to see beyond party lines demonstrates her passion for equality.
Because of the passage of this law, gay and lesbian couples will now have access to many benefits, which they were previously denied. These rights include family leave at work, the ability to visit spouses in the hospital, the ability to adopt children, and claiming your partner on life and health insurance. Though civil unions do not afford every benefit of marriage, this is a tremendous first step in ensuring an end to discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Thank you for the prompt passage of this civil unions bill, which will so positively impact the lives of thousands of Colorado citizens.
[Your Name Here]
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