AP: Special Session for Civil Unions Begins In Colorado


The Associated Press:

Gay-rights activists gathered Monday at the Colorado Capitol for a special legislative session to consider civil unions said they were fired up to lobby for a measure that died on a Republican maneuver last week – but skeptical the matter would fare better in the special session.

Hundreds of activists wearing red and waving signs greeted lawmakers returning to Denver for the special session, which was called by Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper last week to reconsider what he called “a fundamental question of fairness and civil rights.”

... Conservatives sought to portray the special session as a waste of taxpayer money. As they have before, Republicans describe the measure as a proposal for gay marriage, rather than civil unions.

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