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Colorado Republican Leadership Thwarts House Majority, Runs Out the Clock on Civil Unions

Jim Burroway

May 9th, 2012

If you need any more evidence for the irrational and unethical lengths — not to mention the sheer douchebaggery — that anti-gay politicians will go through to thwart the will of the majority, you need look no further than the Colorado House of Representatives’ Speaker, Frank McNulty (R, HD-43, Highlands Ranch), who abruptly called a recess when it became evident that a majority of the House wanted to pass a bill granting civil unions to same-sex couples in Colorado.

To shouts of “same on you,” McNulty allowed some thirty bills to die rather than allow a vote on the measure. The bill had the support of three Republicans who joined Democrats in a house where Republicans hold a slim 33-32 lead. When Democrats used a procedural move to try to and a fillibuster on the bill, Republicans abruptly stopped floor work and called a recess which lasted through midnight, when the House session officially ended.

Among the other bills that died were $20 million worth of water projects around the state and a measure setting standards for driving while under the influence of marijuana. Colorado is a medicinal marijuana state. Which means that same-sex couples with cancer can smoke pot, but they may not be a allowed to bury each other if that cancer proves fatal.

During the recess, opponents and supporters held dueling press conferences on the house floor:

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Jace Woodrum, Deputy Executive Director for One Colorado, spoke to supporters after the session ended.

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Bernie
May 9th, 2012 | LINK

Looks like he scrubs his Twitter as well. The above tweet is no longer on his thread. That’s what I call a coward.

Sam
May 9th, 2012 | LINK

Polls show that Democrats have a chance to regain control of the state house and keeping the state senate in Colorado. Given that redistricting is done by an independent committee and not the legislature, I have high hopes that the result of the 2012 elections will make civil unions easier to pass.

KZ
May 9th, 2012 | LINK

This pisses me off more than North Carolina.

Gene in L.A.
May 9th, 2012 | LINK

Here we have a state government mirroring the federal, where Republicans would not even let the question of extending the existing interest rates on student loans be put to a vote. Again and again the conservatives are proving themselves obstructionist tyrants.

Blake
May 9th, 2012 | LINK

Well that’s politics for ya. Y’all have special sessions out in CO?

Here in GA when shenanigans of that nature shut down the General Assembly the Governor calls a special session where he limits the discussion to one or two bills over a set number of days. Any chance of something similar happening in CO?

Jean-Luc
May 9th, 2012 | LINK

Colorado does indeed have special sessions, and the Governor’s already planning to call one:

http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_20582571/fallout-legislative-implosion-over-colorado-civil-union-bill

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