Colorado bill helping same-sex couples advances
DENVER, Colorado ” The Colorado Senate has given initial backing to a bill making it easier for gays and lesbians to leave property to their partners.
The Senate voted Friday.
House Bill 1260 would apply to any two unmarried people, not just same-sex couples. They could file a designated beneficiary document with county clerks giving them rights such as making funeral arrangements and receiving death benefits in addition to automatically inheriting property.
Republican Sen. Kevin Lundberg says the bill blurs the line between marriage and civil union. He tried but failed to change the bill to cover married couples.
Democratic Sen. Jennifer Veiga says married couples are already protected and adding another layer of rights would be confusing.