Senate backs sending domestic partnerships to voters |

Senate backs sending domestic partnerships to voters

DENVER – A proposal to allow same-sex couples to get many of the same protections as married couples under state law moved a step closer to getting on November’s ballot Wednesday.The state Senate gave the plan (House Bill 1344) initial backing after Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald argued it still was very different from marriage. Domestic partners wouldn’t be able to file joint tax returns and could be turned away by adoption agencies that object to homosexuality. She said domestic partners also would lose their legal protections once they leave Colorado and wouldn’t get any of the 1,100 federal benefits and protections for married couples.”It’s not marriage by a long shot but it is a step toward equal rights,” Fitz-Gerald said.The distinction is important because another proposed ballot measure would outlaw any legal status similar to that of marriage.

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