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Debate about civil unions bill sour for Routt County candidates

Northwest Colorado candidates’ position on civil unions

■ Senate District 8 candidates

Jean White, R-Hayden: “I do support civil unions. I believe in personal freedom and individual responsibility and keeping government out of our lives.”

Randy Baumgardner, R-Cowdrey: “The way the bill is written right now, I’m not likely to support it. Colorado’s constitution says that marriage is between one man and one woman. Everything they are requesting in the bill is already covered in (the Designated Beneficiary Agreement Act).”

Emily Tracy, D-Breckenridge: “I’m a supporter of this bill. I know families come in all different shapes and sizes, and I saw this bill as a fairness issue for same-sex couples. I think peoples’ views on same-sex couples have changed over the years and have evolved. They have the right to have the same quality of life as the rest of us.”

■ House District 56 candidates

Chuck McConnell, R-Steamboat Springs: “I believe that marriage should be defined as a union between one man and one woman. It’s a basic fundamental belief of mine. It has absolutely nothing to do with any negative feelings toward any group of my fellow Coloradans. It’s just a fundamental principle of mine.”

Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs: “I support civil unions, and were I in the Legislature, I would have voted for the bill if it got to the floor. Civil unions provide for gay couples and other couples some of the equal protection under the law which our constitution says we all have.”