DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today applauded members of the House Judiciary Committee for passing the 2012 Colorado Civil Unions Act out of committee. The Mayor encouraged the leadership and members of the House to support the continued progress of the bill.
The Mayor issued the following statement:
“I am extremely proud of last night’s historic vote in the House Judiciary Committee. I strongly encourage the leadership and members of the House to summon the same courage and candor, continue the fight for liberty and justice for all and pass this critical legislation.
“Everyone deserves the same basic rights to take care of their loved ones, strengthen their families, enjoy critical legal protections and lead healthy, productive lives. I commend the bill’s sponsors, Colorado State Sen. Steadman and Rep. Ferrandino, and the enumerable supporters for their hard work. I stand firmly by your side as you fight to provide the same basic rights for every Coloradan.
“The people of Denver and great state of Colorado are people of progress and pride. It is time our laws reflect our values. It is time we move beyond a culture of tolerance to a culture of inclusivity, fairness and respect. It is time to bring down the needless walls that divide us and say in one voice that everyone matters.
“As the House moves forward in consideration of this bill, I remind my fellow elected officials of their oaths of office. We did not swear only to serve and protect those who are young or old, black, white or brown – we swore to serve and protect all our residents and that includes our LGBT community. Now let’s pass this bill.”