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It was the day after Martin Luther King Day. "You will not redefine marriage, and strike marriage, and strike the terms 'husband' and 'wife' from statue," said Senator Ted Harvey, a Highlands Ranch Republican.
Denver Senator Pat Steadman's re-introduced same-sex civil unions bill is being heard this afternoon in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Although the bill will be passed easily by the committee's Democratic majority, the hearing will be the staging ground for this year's arguments for and against it, drawing the attention of political analysts, members of the public and lawmakers in both chambers of the legislature looking to gauge the direction and intensity of political winds in an especially charged election year.