Colorado grants 'gays' civil unions

Thursday, January 24, 2013
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

The Colorado Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a civil unions bill for homosexual men and women, despite warnings about it not protecting people of faith.

Fiedorek

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) attorney Kellie Fiedorek testified before the panel at a hearing before the Colorado Senate Judiciary Committee approved SB 11, which basically grants same-sex couples the same rights enjoyed by heterosexual married couples. She told senators, "Religious freedom belongs to everyone. It doesn't just belong to a handful of people."

"The government cannot limit constitutionally protected religious liberties in a way that's foreign to our Constitution," she contends. "The bill … fails to ensure that those liberties will be respected for all Colorado citizens. Look, the First Amendment's guarantee of religious freedom -- it applies to every American. It is not limited or confined to the four walls of a church."

The bill provides protections for clergy and religious institutions that object to civil unions based on the Bible, but judges and magistrates that perform marriage ceremonies will have to do so for all couples, even if it is contrary to their religious beliefs.

There is also no exemption for individuals and business owners who reject same-gender relationships. They would be forced to violate their conscience and religious beliefs and face possible punishment if they do not comply.

The Denver Post reports that the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the measure on a 3-2 party-line vote, with both Republican senators opposed.

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