It’s a different state Senate this year. It’s more cordial. It’s less political. Leadership is respected and respectful. So maybe this is the year, said freshman state Sen. Steve Fenberg, a Boulder Democrat. Fenberg is the upper chamber sponsor of a bill that would ban so-called gay conversion therapy in the state, a bill that has been passed in the Democratic-controlled House and killed in the Republican-controlled Senate two years in a row.
“Maybe I’m naively hopeful,” said Fenberg. “It’s my first year here, I know, but clearly there has been progress [on gay rights] in the last few years, and I think that this is a really important issue for the times we’re living in — really important that the state pass protections for LGBT Coloradans, and particularly LGBT children.”