After an emotional--and at times heated--debate, the Colorado legislature managed to do something that the past two statehouses could not: legalize civil unions. With Democrats in control of the Colorado House and Senate, they made counterfeiting marriage their top priority. By a 39-26 vote, the House sent the bill to Governor John Hickenlooper--a Democrat--who is celebrating the bill even before signing it. "#CivilUnions passes! Today, every Coloradan has equal rights," he tweeted.
Unfortunately for the Governor, not everyone agrees. Liberals were quick to fire back, including the bill's openly homosexual sponsor, state Sen. Pat Steadman (D), who made it clear that--despite having every benefit of marriage--the legislation is a pathetic substitute for "full equality." "Civil unions are not marriage," Steadman insisted. "They are something that are separate and distinct and lesser and unequal, and that really is not good enough." Once again, the Left made it clear that on marriage, it's all or nothing. In a state that has had a marriage protection amendment since 2006, nothing is acceptable but complete capitulation.
Even President Obama will not rest until 96.6% of the country bows to the wishes of the 3.4% of the population who identify as homosexuals. In the White House brief on California's marriage amendment, the administration argues that even civil union laws are unconstitutional because they don't go far enough. "The designation of marriage confers a special validation of the relationship between two individuals and conveys a message to society that domestic partnerships or civil unions cannot match."
Although the state is home to millionaire mega-activist Tim Gill, liberals had to fight an uphill battle against some very determined--and very principles--conservatives. "[M]arriage and family are so much bigger than Colorado's laws that we are no more capable of actually redefining this timeless institution than we are of changing the laws of gravity," said state Senator Kevin Lundberg (R). Others, like Rep. Lori Saine (R), are fuming at the lack of conscience and religious liberty exemptions: "We won't get to debate this again here, but we will debate this in a court of law."
In two weeks, America's highest court will be doing exactly that in the two marriage cases of the century. Find out why the justices should "Keep the Definition of Marriage as the Union of One Man and One Woman" (and why civil unions are bad policy) in FRC's publication. Also, you can join FRC, allied organizations, and an army of church and state leaders, in fighting for marriage at the March for Marriage in Washington in two weeks. Details for the March 26 event are now online at MarriageMarch.org. If you want to do something as a church family, encourage your pastor to rally the congregation for a Stand for Marriage Sunday. Click over to FRC's website, StandForMarriage.com, for bulletin inserts, talking points, special videos, pamphlets, and other resources--free for downloading!