A measure to allow civil unions in Colorado cleared its first hurdle in the Republican controlled house judiciary committee. Many in attendance say they were shocked when the same committee that defeated the bill last year moved it forward. The measure passed when one Republican lawmaker switched her vote from no to yes, but [...]

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A bill to allow civil unions in the state has cleared the Democratic controlled senate with bi-partisan support. It now heads to the Republican house where it was defeated last year. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The state senate had a lengthy and at times emotional debate on a bill to allow civil unions in Colorado. It’s the second year in a row the senate has taken up the measure. It still needs a final vote before it can move to the house, and this year the discussion showed more [...]

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After weeks of sitting on the legislative calendar a bill to allow civil unions is on the move again. It cleared the senate appropriations committee today on a party line vote. The next stop is a full debate on the senate floor.

Colorado Springs is getting a new director of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural [...]

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A bill that would allow civil unions in Colorado cleared its first legislative hurdle yesterday. After a lengthy debate, the measure passed the senate judiciary committee on a bi-partisan vote. But as Bente Birkeland reports, it still faces a long and uncertain future.

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The state senate will soon take up a measure on whether to allow civil unions in Colorado. A similar bill failed last year in the Republican controlled house by a single vote. State capitol reporter Bente Birkeland looks at the varied views on the controversial issue, and why it’s an emotional topic for both [...]

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A Farewell Report on The Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado

Big Something intern Ruby Kimberly put together this report on The Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado and its impact on the Pikes Peak Region in particular. She spoke with Director Mary Lou Makepeace, Program Officer Chris Robertson and members of the community [...]

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In year’s past we’ve posted all the trailers for the films screening at local film fests, but links to YouTube trailers have become ubiquitous and you can now get the low down on all the excellent films, times and locations at the 12th Annual Pikes Peak Lavender Film Festival right HERE.

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Colorado’s chief justice has issued a directive requiring free interpreters for all court proceedings….and, Colorado Senator Mark Udall is among a handful of senators joining a video campaign aimed at reassuring bullied gay teenagers that life will get better for them.

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Nine years ago today, KRCC’s Operations Manager, Jocelyn Sandberg, was murdered near KRCC’s building in downtown Colorado Springs. She was a powerful force at KRCC and in the community, and we miss her. A memorial website for Jocelyn still exists at www.zyrcster.com if you would like to spend a moment today thinking about Jocelyn [...]

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Today we hear from Blake Williams about his struggle to fit in. It’s a struggle that led him to step up when others like him were threatened.

(The “Citizen Report” is a collaboration between the Colorado Springs Gazette and KRCC. More information is available at the YourHub link at ColoradoSprings.com.)

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