Opposition to allowing same-sex couples to enter into civil unions is rooted in bigotry, gays and lesbians say. It’s no different than long-ago arguments against interracial marriage, suffrage for women or equal rights for minorities, they say.
“That’s about the only word that fits,” said Jerry Shelton, board president of Western Equality, a Grand Junction-based gay rights advocacy group. “The general population of Colorado is actually very pro civil union. People have changed their minds on this issue. Some remain against it.”
How people feel about civil unions could have a direct effect on several statehouse races this year.
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