Civil Unions Debate Planned in Colorado House

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DENVER (AP) - A bill granting civil unions for gay couples in Colorado is scheduled for the legislative debate it never received last year.

The measure was narrowly blocked last year by House Republicans, who filibustered in the session's final hours to prevent a debate. This year, Democrats control the chamber and are expected to steer civil unions to the governor's desk. It has already passed the Senate.

The proposal scheduled for House debate Wednesday would grant gay couples similar to marriage.

Republicans say the measure violates the will of voters who banned same-sex marriage in 2006. Democrats say public opinion has changed since then, and that civil unions is not marriage equality.

Gov. John Hickenlooper has said he'll sign the bill into law.