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By IVAN MORENO | May 4, 2012 | 5:55 PM EDT

Mandalyn Starkovich, left, and Kristen Marshall wait for a hearing on Senate Bill 2 to come up in front of the House Judiciary Committee at the State Capitol in Denver, Thursday, May 3, 2012. The Colorado Civil Union Act recently passed the Senate with bipartisan support. The bill would allow same sex couple to enter into civil union. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Craig F. Walker) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT

DENVER (AP) — Republican-led committee advances Colorado civil unions measure.