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:

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

Bernie

May 9th, 2012

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

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

This pisses me off more than North Carolina.

Gene in L.A.

May 9th, 2012

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

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

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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