Noon Thursday, 3/31/11. .. A large rally in support of the Civil Union Act on the west steps of the Capitol.
[Concurrently a very much smaller rally in opposition to the bill was on the east steps - not photographed.]
As the House Judiciary Committee was about to convene, the old Supreme Court chamber quickly filled to overflowing. .. [The hearing began at 1:30 and would run non-stop until a little past 9:00.]
Center left, the Rev. Becky Jones (in clerical collar) with Linda Brown.
[Some, but not all, of the overflow went to two other rooms with a-v capability.]
Opening remarks by Rep Mark Ferrandino, lead sponsor of the bill in the House.
[He and his partner have begun efforts to adopt a child.]
Former state Senator Ed Jones speaking in opposition to the bill.
Questioning of part of Mr Jones' remarks by Rep. Kagan.
My friend Kate Burns speaking in support. .. Her Denver Post story here:
The Civil Union Act failed by a 5-6 vote; it will thus not be heard on the House floor.
Brad Clark and Jessica Woodrum of One Colorado being interviewed.
Interview with Rep. Mark Ferrandino, lead sponsor of the bill in the House.
Efforts toward GLBT equality will continue and we know that ultimately justice will prevail.