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May 9, 2012 4:49 PM by Kirsten Bennett

Hickenlooper orders special session for civil unions

DENVER (AP) - Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said he'll call lawmakers into a special legislative session Wednesday to resolve a bill supporting civil unions for same-sex couples, along with several other bills.

Hickenlooper's announcement on the final day of the 2012 regular session was sparked by what he called an "overwhelming need" to discuss the civil unions measure. It died late Tuesday on legislative maneuvering from the GOP.

Hickenlooper said he'd announce the details of the special session Thursday.

Republican House Speaker Frank McNulty did not immediately respond to a call. Democrats accused him of refusing to call civil unions for a vote, even though it had enough support to pass.

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that gay marriage should be legal.

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