According to the AP, Republicans who oppose the civil unions bill claim that it undermines traditional marriage and that voters expressed their position on the issue when they banned same-sex marriage in 2006. Aside from the obvious (the electorate should not determine civil rights), I would love to know if that 2006 vote has no expiration date.
Republican House Speaker Frank McNulty accused Senate Democrats of purposely taking months to move the bill to the House to force a decision within the final days of the legislative session. "I think that there are those in the Democratic Party that want to make sure that this issue is a political issue in November," he said. If McNulty is correct (and I think that he is) it means that gay rights are no longer a wedge issue for opponents; At least not in Colorado. GOPers are beginning to fear the consequences of opposing gay rights.