A measure to give same-sex couples in Colorado rights similar to married couples faces its first floor debate of the year.
DENVER (AP) - The measure has simmered in the state Legislature since January. Its approval in the Democratic Senate seems assured because it passed 23-12 last year. But it's still unclear whether the GOP House will agree to civil unions in the final weeks of the 2012 session.
Senate Bill 2 has some support among Republicans. But gay rights activists say the measure could again be defeated in the Republican House. Last year, a similar civil unions proposal cleared the Senate but failed by a single vote in a House committee controlled by the GOP.
Colorado voters rejected gay marriage in 2006.
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