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Face beaming, arms crossed, Rep. Mike Coffman stands proud, his aqua-marine cape blowing in the breeze. His body is a cartoon. His grin is wide....
It's the kind of stat that seems impossible, yet it's one that Todd Hartman at the Colorado Department of Natural Resources says he hears all the time — though they may very well be able to see them from their classroom window, 80 percent of Denver Public School students have never actually been to the mountains.
Denver Democratic state Senator Pat Steadman is sponsoring a bill that would make same-sex civil unions legal in Colorado. The move is being cheered as long overdue by gay rights supporters, who have been stymied in efforts to win equality by a constitutional amendment that outlaws gay marriage in the state. In weighing whether or not to introduce the legislation this summer, Steadman told the Colorado Independent that "promoting a lesser status for gay people is not ideal” but that, in the short term, "people could really benefit from civil unions.”