Saturday, May 05, 2012

Civil Unions

Here in Colorado, gay marriages are unconstitutional.  Back in the heady days of George W. Bush, conservatives pushed through an amendment saying marriage is between one man and one woman, you know, just in case some lower court tried to say that shit is discriminatory.  Having failed to amend the U.S. Constitution, Republicans in state houses across the country rushed to accomplish the same thing on the local level.

But it looks like we may be joining the states that allows civil unions, which....don't care....I'm going to call "marriages."

Thanks to Republican assholes, though, the margin is incredibly close:

The bill passed out of the House Finance Committee in a 7-6 vote. All Democrats on the committee voted for it and one Republican, Rep. Don Beezley (R-Broomfield), also voted to approve it.
Sad that on that committee, there's only one decent Republican.  Thanks, Rep. Beezley!  Rep Nikkel, a Republican from Loveland, also deserves some praise:
Gay rights groups applauded Rep. B.J. Nikkel (R-Loveland) for voting in favor of the bill.

Nikkel told 9NEWS it's not an issue she is passionate about, but she doesn't like the argument offered by some of her fellow Republicans that civil unions are a threat to marriage as an institution.
"I don't believe that that's really true," Nikkel said. "I think that's a fear-based argument and it's not based in logic or on the facts."
 No shit...

I don't even think the people who make that argument genuinely believe it.  They just believe that gay people are second class citizens and should be treated as such, which is really hard to justify once the state recognizes the legitimacy of homosexual relationships.

Still, it's somewhat amusing to watch "small government" Republicans indulge in some "big government" gay-hating.  I'd say it's reason #289475 why I'm not a Republican.

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