Colo. House tentatively OKs gay-rights bill |

Colo. House tentatively OKs gay-rights bill

Associated Press

DENVER ” A bill making it easier for gays and lesbians to leave property to their partners and visit each other in the hospital has won tentative approval from the state House.

The measure approved Friday would allow any two unmarried people to make each other their designated beneficiaries.

Rep. Bob Gardner, a Republican from Colorado Springs, strongly opposes the bill. He calls it an attempt to circumvent voters who rejected civil unions and defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

Rep. Mark Ferrandino, a Denver Democrat who is openly gay, says the bill is meant to give gays and lesbians, older people and low-income people a range of rights, including hospital visitations, making funeral arrangements and inheriting property when there’s no will.

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