Colorado Politicians Want to Legalize Same-Sex Partners

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Two leading Democrats say they want to ask Colorado voters to decide whether the state should legalize domestic partnerships for same-sex couples.

Senator Tom Plant and Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald say it's a legal issue -- not a debate over traditional marriage values.

The referred measure would need a two-thirds vote in each house to get on the November ballot. It would not require the signature of G-O-P Governor Owens.

The measure would give same-sex couples the right to visitation and to be involved in the care of hospital patients and nursing home residents, inheritance and pension benefits, access to a partner's health care benefits and family leave benefits, and the right to take possession of a deceased partner's remains.