Republican Senator in Colorado Speaks Out In Favor of "Civil Unions" Bill

  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Apr 28, 2012 8:01 PM GMT
    While, admittedly, it is not the norm in the GOP, this surely is a positive sign that the GOP may be headed in a more open-minded accepting direction.

  • Lincsbear

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    Apr 29, 2012 12:06 AM GMT
    A hopeful, if small, sign of change.

    The situation in your country reminds me of the UK in the 1990s. Up to that point, the Conservative party was strongly against any equal rights. Labour was more sympathetic but out of office until 1997. Indeed, under Thatcher, the Tories had legislated anti-gay measures in the `80s like Section 28 (of a local government bill), criminalizing the 'promotion of homosexuality' by any one employed by said government. Whether they intended for someone to be actually prosecuted/convicted for this crime is debatable, it certainly had a chilling effect on openly talking about such issues.

    But in the early/mid-`90s and onwards, one or two conservatives began to speak out against their party`s line on such rights; Edwina Currie for one.

    New Labour took this further by lifting the ban on gays in the military in 2000, and with civil partnerships in 2005.

    Now we have a Conservative-Liberal Democrat government proposing gay marriage by 2015!

    How things change, just when they seem they never can!

    A defeat in the presidential election this November may accelerate this process of progressive Republicans speaking out like above. It certainly worked for the Conservatives here!

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    Apr 29, 2012 1:50 AM GMT
    Good to hear. Granted, this happened in Washington, Colorado and Minnesota, where there are very educated, intellectual types, so I'll be shocked if any Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, or Georgia GOPers speak in favor of civil unions within the next few years.
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    Apr 29, 2012 2:00 AM GMT
    Oh America... the land of the free, is it?
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    Apr 29, 2012 6:02 AM GMT
    It's frustrating that there are reasonable Republicans and other conservatives who are never heard/seen because of all the other lunatic personalities in the media.
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    Apr 29, 2012 6:07 AM GMT
    k3l3k0 saidOh America... the land of the free, is it?
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    At least it's warmer than Canada.
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    Apr 30, 2012 4:46 AM GMT
    When are those fighting for this thing called gay marriage, thats not just marriage, realise they would find less resistance and more advancement if they went for Civil Unions.
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    Apr 30, 2012 4:47 AM GMT
    k3l3k0 saidOh America... the land of the free, is it?
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    Apr 30, 2012 5:01 AM GMT
    TrueBlueAussie saidWhen are those fighting for this thing called gay marriage, thats not just marriage, realise they would find less resistance and more advancement if they went for Civil Unions.


    Who cares about the resistance. We have made progress in some states and DC regarding marriage equality.

    For someone who keeps boasting about being a "true homosexual" you sure are a pushover when it comes to equality.

  • Apr 30, 2012 5:07 AM GMT
    k3l3k0 saidOh America... the land of the free, is it?
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    For an incredibly diverse country with over 300 million people, I'd say we do pretty well. You come from a small, mostly white country with very limited federalism. The political process will always be smoother and passing laws like gay marriage naturally happens faster.

    I really hate when people look down on America and then say how much more advanced the most-liberal countries are. You just can't compare a small, heterogenous country like Sweden or the Netherlands to the US.