Colorado Senate passes civil-unions bill

DENVER, Colo. -- The Democrat-controlled state Senate voted 21-14 today to approve a civil-unions bill.

Senate Bill 11 will allow gay and lesbian couples to form civil unions.

SB 11 now goes to the Democrat-controlled House, where it is expected to pass.

Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, has pushed for civil unions. If all goes as expected, the governor will sign the bill in March and the law will go into effect on May 31.

Colorado would be the ninth state to have civil unions or a similar law.