Lawmakers in Colorado today passed a bill to legalize same-sex civil unions. The measure would provide benefits, protections and responsibilities to same-sex couples similar to those granted to heterosexual couples. The governor, who has already indicated his support, is expected to sign the bill into law.

The measure, which had already passed the state senate, passed in the house today by a vote of 39-26. The Colorado House Speaker said today this bill is about three things, it’s about love, family and equality under the law. Once the measure is signed into law it will make Colorado the 18th state to approve either civil unions or gay marriage.