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Senator pushes for gay marriage rights

12:52 PM, Jan 31, 2011   |    comments
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About a hundred supporters gathered at the First Unitarian Society of Denver Sunday afternoon. They held signs and gathered signatures.

State Sen. Pat Steadman says he will be introducing the legislation in the coming weeks.

He says thousands of gay and lesbian couples in Colorado deserve the legal protections married couple's get to enjoy.

"This is something that I think is overdue, something that will protect families and will make our laws a little bit more fair, and a little bit more inclusive so that everyone has the same opportunity to have economic security and stability in their family relationship," Sen. Steadman (D-Denver) said.

Opponents say this idea was struck down in 2006, and with a million dollar hole in the state budget, there are other priorities right now.

"Voters have spoken. This is a devisive issue. People feel strongly on both sides. I believe politicians shouldn't step in. If we want to address this issue we should probably put it back in front of the voters and let them decide," Sen. Shawn Mitchell (R-Broomfield) said.

Mitchell says Republicans in the senate will continue to focus on solving the state's budget crisis and promoting job growth.

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