Colorado Republicans last year shot down a civil unions bill laden with generous religious exemptions, including adoption discrimination. Unfortunate for them, because the exemption-laden bill looked ready for passage in the House. Well, instead of allowing a debate and vote in 2012, House Republicans contemptuously shut down the chamber, killing 30 other pieces of important legislation in the process. Not without great cost to the state, a special session was later required to carry on the state's critical unfinished business.
Now that the General Assembly is firmly controlled by Democrats, discriminatory exemptions are unnecessary to gain passage. While Republicans tried helplessly to amend exemptions this time, the new bill careened through the Senate without them.
The tally was 21-14, and smooth passage is expected in the House. The rest is history after Governor Hickenlooper signs it.