Yet another attempt to pass civil unions in Colorado has failed, and apparently not because the legislation lacked the requisite votes. During a special legislative session called by Gov. John Hickenlooper, the GOP-controlled House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee voted 5-4 along party lines against the bill, which prevented a full House vote.
Gallup is calling acceptance of same-sex couples "the new normal" for Americans, based on its latest polling.
Colorado lawmakers are back in session at the behest of Gov. John Hickenlooper on a range of bills, including civil unions legislation that failed to reach debate last week. Why the measure failed to get a vote depends on whom you ask. Advocates and Democrats say that state House Republicans blocked the bill using procedural stall tactics, while GOP leaders said the bill came up too late in the legislative session to be considered.
Four of the country's most influential African-American leaders issued a joint statement yesterday in support of President Obama's new stance championing marriage equality.
For the first time, federal workers are going to be asked two important things: if they're lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender and if they're happy with their jobs.