The Gazette (Colorado Springs) has published a guest column by Rep. Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs, in which the second-term legislator makes the case for his stance on HB 1260.
That bill, which creates "designated beneficiary agreements" that could be used by same-sex domestic partners to gain access to a wide variety of rights under state law, was opposed by Gardner when the House approved it earlier this week.
However, Gardner was criticized by his hometown newspaper for taking a "moralistic" stance on the measure.
This journal included Tuesday a report that quoted Gardner to the effect that his reason for opposing the bill had to do with the inclusion of an emergency clause.
The Gazette editorial was published on Sunday, Feb. 22.