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Colorado House Panel Kills Civil Union Bill in 6-5 Vote

The Colorado civil union bill was killed by a House committee last night:

Colorado The bill failed, as expected, on a party-line vote, with six Republicans voting against sending the measure to another committee and five Democrats voting in favor. Dozens of Coloradans packed the Old Supreme Court Chambers for the hearing, which began shortly before 2 p.m, while others listened in other rooms set up for the overflow.

Said Brad Clark, Executive Director of One Colorado, a statewide LGBT advocacy organization: 

"Today’s vote was out of touch with everyday Colorado voters. With 72% of Coloradans in support of civil unions, House Republicans are out of the mainstream. Once again, they have turned their backs on Colorado families and kids. In the past two months, there have been more than 18,000 emails, calls, and postcards to legislators in support of this measure. A coalition of nearly one million Coloradans support this measure. And poll after poll reinforces that Colorado voters support this measure by a wide margin – Democrats and Republicans alike. Today, Republicans were out-of-touch with Colorado voters."

Watch footage of dueling rallies before the vote, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. coloradon't.

    Posted by: EO | Apr 1, 2011 7:43:31 AM

  2. another state in america to avoid

    Posted by: Disgusted Gay American | Apr 1, 2011 8:09:47 AM

  3. Perhaps they'll finally understand what the "will of the people" means when people in Colorado (and Indiana) vote those uptight, bigoted Republican asses out of office.

    It won't change their minds, but it will change what power they have and they won't be able to corrupt that power any longer.

    Posted by: johnny | Apr 1, 2011 8:10:26 AM

  4. I'm not going to hold it against Colorado citizens since it seems like that state is starting to figure it out, well at least the younger folks and non-brainwashed fundamentalists which there are quite a few of in that state. With that said, Republicans across the board with a few exceptions simply are our enemies and should be seen and treated as such accordingly. And with the elections coming up pretty soon, they will get even more hateful towards us. As Johnny put it, the best way to end this charade is to kick these clowns out of power.

    Posted by: Francis | Apr 1, 2011 8:52:04 AM

  5. Once again, amazingly, the Republicans failed to receive the memo from the LCR's and GOProud that they're now more inclusive and don't stand in the way of progress on "social" issues.

    Posted by: Ernie | Apr 1, 2011 9:17:06 AM

  6. I've said it before and I'll say it again; if the wholly rollers of this state or any other state wanna be involved in our politics than its time to shut up and put up....start paying taxes. Tax the hell outta them and make them pay through their religulous asses

    Posted by: x man | Apr 1, 2011 10:10:07 AM

  7. Well said, Ernie.

    "The bill failed, as expected, on a party-line vote, with six Republicans voting against sending the measure to another committee and five Democrats voting in favor."

    To all those (Jason, LincolnLounger, etc., etc.)who've expressed in comments on this site and elsewhere that there is no difference between Democrats and Republicans and that we'd do well to sit out the 2010 midterm elections, well done! This must be a very proud day for you.

    Events in Indiana, North Carolina, Colorado, Minnesota and other states this year have demonstrated dramatically that our struggle is impacted by whether Democrats or Republicans control the reigns of power. No doubt many Democrats need to step up their commitment to our equality under the law and it is appropriate for us to find ways, such as withholding of donations from the DNC in favor of donations to individual pro-equality candidates, to apply pressure on Democrats, but standing by and allowing Republicans to take control has never been a successful approach for our community. Hopefully more of us will bear that in mind in 2012 and we'll throw some of these bums out in places like Colorado, Indiana and, in a place where marriage equality is within our grasp, Minnesota.

    Posted by: Patric | Apr 1, 2011 10:12:49 AM

  8. Agree 100% with Patric. Elections have consequences, and now that the GOP have their power back, they are going to do anything they can to slow our progress and reverse the trend.

    All of you dumb fuckers who didn't vote for the Dems in 2010 or even voted GOP -- wow, thanks. Thanks, a lot.

    Posted by: Jollysocks | Apr 1, 2011 1:35:09 PM

  9. If the people offering anti-civil union testimony were "evil nutjobs" (and they were), then the six Republicans on the Colorado House Judiciary Committee who killed the bill weren't far behind.

    Posted by: EnzoInOmaha | Apr 1, 2011 2:11:46 PM

  10. I live here right now, it's an awesome state. It won't be long. Progressives are moving here by the scads.

    Posted by: gomez | Apr 1, 2011 9:49:21 PM

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