Governor to sign historic Colorado civil unions bill at history museum

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Colorado House Speaker Mark Ferrandino will be one of seven openly gay lawmakers to register for a civil union after a bill legalizing the practice is signed into law on March 21, 2013.

Colorado House Speaker Mark Ferrandino will be one of seven openly gay lawmakers to register for a civil union after a bill legalizing the practice is signed into law on March 21, 2013.

DENVER — It’s been a long hard fight for members of the gay community  and those who support them.

Two decades ago, Colorado became known as the “Hate State” after voters approved Amendment 2, which wrote discrimination against gays into the state Constitution.

On Thursday, Governor John Hickenlooper signed the bill legalizing same-sex civil unions in the state of Colorado. The signing ceremony at the Colorado History Musuem marked a historic moment in the ongoing fight for civil rights.

The fight for this particular bill has lasted three years.

The legislation could have passed last May, but former Republican House Speaker Frank McNulty, who opposed the bill, refused to allow a vote on the floor, choosing instead to…

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