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Roberts shuns party orthodoxy

Independent stance on wedge issues at times has left Durango Republican with few allies
Sen. Ellen Roberts, R-Durango, talks with Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, as she waits to debate a resolution on women’s health care at the state Capitol in Denver. Roberts did most of the talking for Republicans and insisted that Republican men stay out of the fight.
Two divisive bills

Senate Bill 2
What it does: Creates civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, giving them most of the same rights as married couples under state law, but not federal law.
Vote breakdown: Yes votes from Roberts and two other GOP women, all Democrats. No votes from all 12 Republican men. Passed 23-12.
Senate Memorial 3
What it does: Encourages Congress to pass a bill to allow people and organizations to not offer patients medical insurance or treatment based on religious objections.
Vote breakdown: Yes votes from Roberts and all 14 other Republicans. No votes from all 20 Democrats. Failed 15-20.

Roberts shuns party orthodoxy

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Sen. Ellen Roberts, R-Durango, talks with Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, as she waits to debate a resolution on women’s health care at the state Capitol in Denver. Roberts did most of the talking for Republicans and insisted that Republican men stay out of the fight.
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