Colorado moves to legalize same-sex civil unions

A bill to legalize same-sex civil unions in Colorado won final approval from state lawmakers on Tuesday and was expected to be signed into law, reflecting a recent shift to the left in the political balance of power in the Denver statehouse. Supporters of the Democratic-sponsored measure, which cleared the state House of Representatives on a 39-26 vote, say it would make gay and lesbian couples eligible for the most of the same benefits, protections and responsibilities currently extended only to heterosexual spouses. Colorado is one of 30 states with a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as exclusively between a
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Will Hawaii gov. sign civil union bill?

Hawaii is a step closer to joining a small group of other states in allowing same-sex civil unions. In a move that still needs the governor’s signature to become law, the House of Representatives Thursday night approved a measure that has drawn some of the state’s biggest protest rallies. Republican Gov. Linda Lingle hasn’t said whether she’ll reject it or sign it into law but her office said later that she will carefully review the bill. The House voted 31-20 in favor of the legislation, which had been stalled but was unexpectedly revived on the last day of this year’s
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