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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Governor John Hickenlooper says it’s time for Colorado to pass a law allowing civil unions. He made the announcement in front of a packed chamber at the state capitol during his annual state of the state address…Federal officials are beginning a crackdown on medical marijuana businesses in Colorado that targets those located near schools…and, [...]

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On a recent afternoon, members of the Colorado Springs community marched from the Pioneers Museum to the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado’s Building on East Costilla St. to share their appreciation for what the fund has brought to the community over the past 15 years. It was recently announced that the Gay and [...]

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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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The leader of a Colorado Springs organization was on Capitol Hill today to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, which is the focus of a new repeal effort…A hailstorm in Denver last week cost Frontier Airlines an estimated $10 million…and, state transportation contractors are warning motorists that hackers are changing Colorado road construction signs, [...]

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Governor John Hickenlooper released his blueprint for economic development at a redevelopment site in Denver today…and, a state board charged with approving ballot measures OK’d an initiative that would repeal a gay-marriage ban placed in the state constitution by voters in 2006. The board also rejected new challenges to a proposal to legalize marijuana [...]

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A proposed constitutional amendment to repeal Colorado’s gay marriage ban and replace it with language saying marriage is allowed regardless of sex is heading to the state titling board next week…and, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment is warning that it is preparing to lay off 30 to 100 employees, even as the [...]

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This weekend marks the 21st annual PrideFest in Colorado Springs and this milestone will be celebrated Saturday and Sunday at Acacia Park in Downtown Colorado Springs. Below, we dust off a couple of segments we’ve done over the last couple of years at PrideFest.

Two years ago, we set up our booth at PrideFest with [...]

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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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A bill that would have created civil unions in Colorado failed yesterday in the house judiciary committee on a party line vote. It was widely expected to die in the Republican controlled committee, but proponents remained optimistic right up until the last vote was cast. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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A bill to legalize civil unions cleared the state senate on Thursday by a comfortable margin. Three Republicans joined with Democrats to send the measure to the Republican controlled house. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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A bill to legalize civil unions in Colorado brought out emotional responses from lawmakers on the senate floor yesterday. The measure initially cleared the senate. Supporters at times choked back tears, while lawmakers opposed to the measure were largely silent. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The state senate has initially passed a bill to legalize civil unions. The debate on the senate floor was subdued and tearful, and many lawmakers spoke in support of the measure. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Heidi Lewis, Riley Scholar-in-Residence in the Feminist and Gender Studies department at the Colorado College explores the way African-American homosexual males have been depicted on television from the 80′s to the present day.

NOTE: The above video contains adult subject subject matter and themes, viewer discretion is advised.

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A bill that would create civil unions cleared its first hurdle in the state house yesterday. Supporters of the measure say it’s a major step forward to create equal rights under the law for same sex couples. But opponents worry it would undermine the traditional family unit of a mom and a dad. Bente [...]

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Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers say they plan to focus on jobs and the economy during the 2011 legislative session. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be a lot of other bills also keeping the debate lively. One is a measure that would create civil unions in the state. The sponsor explains why he thinks [...]

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