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In Colorado, Republican group organizes to support civil unions

DENVER -- Former Rep. Rob Witwer quoted GOP stalwarts Barry Goldwater and Dick Cheney on Thursday night during the launch of a Republican group in support of civil unions.

Young and old, gay and straight, the high-powered and the humble gathered to cheer what they see as a growing national acceptance of gay couples. Even a few Democrats dropped in to offer their support to the GOP group Coloradans for Freedom.

Witwer, a Genesee Republican, acknowledged the differences of opinion within his own party on gay rights.

“We come to our beliefs on this issue from a conservative perspective as well, and that is a respect for liberty and a respect for freedom,” he said.

Witwer noted that the former vice president said “people ought to be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want,” adding Cheney is “hardly a soft Republican or a ‘squish.’”

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