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              An overflow crowd listens as House Minority Leader Mark Ferrandino, sponsor of the Civil Unions bill, testifies before the House State Affairs Committee at the state Capitol in Denver on Monday, May 14, 2012. Gov. John Hickenlooper called the special session for lawmakers to vote on Civil Unions and other issues not completed when last weeks general session ended. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Colorado is one step closer to civil unions

Greg Campbell
Contributor

After more than four hours of testimony, the bill passed 3-2 along partisan lines. If it passes through the appropriations committee, the Senate and the House, and is signed into law by Hickenlooper by March —all of which are expected — the bill will go into effect May 1.

Fran and Anna Simon, a gay couple who brought their 5-year-old son to the hearing today, said they hoped to be the first to take advantage of the new law.

Opponents to the bill will stage a protest rally on the steps of the state capitol building on Friday. One person who spoke in opposition of the bill threatened to mount a recall campaign against those who voted in its favor.

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