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February 2, 2009 11:47 AM

The next battle in the gay-rights war

Rep. Mark Ferrandino, who already has signed on to sponsor a bill this year extending state employee benefits to same-sex partners, will introduce another measure this week that will stoke a battle between gay-rights proponents and opponents.

The new bill will make it easier for Coloradans to list unmarried partners - same-sex or opposite-sex - as designated beneficiaries for things such as worker's compensation or other types of payments.

People now can do this, but it costs them an average of $500 to $1,000 to draw up the contracts necessary to designate an unmarried partner to receive the benefits if they die, said Ferrandino, D-Denver. Simplifying the process now is important because people tend to do more estate planning during times of financial crisis, he said.

Still, Ferrandino, the only openly gay man in the legislature, has no doubts this will stoke emotional fires well beyond the issue of financial planning.

"Oh yeah, it'll be controversial," Ferrandino acknowledged Monday


  • February 2, 2009

    12:23 PM

    Gerald Vander Hoek writes:

    This sounds like special rights, not a matter of just rights. I am really tired of time wasted on special rights.

  • February 2, 2009

    12:55 PM

    Steve7485 writes:

    I don't see how streamlining a process that's already in place will be controversial.

  • February 2, 2009

    1:42 PM

    warner writes:

    Vander Hoek...you mean like the special rights YOU and other STRAIGHT people already have...

    I'm tired of straight people taking all their "special rights" for granted to the exclusion of GLBT tax paying citizens.

  • February 2, 2009

    5:24 PM

    Gracie writes:

    I think that straight people take advantage of their priviledges and what do they care about gays and lesbians marrying.... if they think its so wrong well they are not the ones making the "mistake"!!!!!!

  • February 4, 2009

    11:01 PM

    Jim writes:

    Everybody deserves equal rights even if we do not like the person or it goes against our religion. I need to live the life that is right for me. The last few years all we ever see on the news is different groups arguing their point. This is a waste of time, energy and money. We need to learn to disagree but still make progress.

  • February 20, 2009

    4:42 PM

    Holly writes:

    Its not special rights, its equal rights. The same was said in the 60's when a black person wanted to eat at the same restaurants as their white counterparts... "special rights" we have already proven through history that seperate is NOT equal, and I wish that all of the ignorant people in this world would look in the mirror and see how rediculous it looks when hate comes out of their mouth disguised as reason.

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