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Republican-Led Panel Officially Kills Colorado Civil Unions Bill Which Had The Votes to Pass: VIDEO

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The special session called last week by Governor John Hickenlooper after Republican House Speaker Frank McNulty successfully stalled the civil union bill in Colorado concluded in another successful attempt by the House GOP to kill the bill after it was sent to a committee last night which sent it packing:

COThe bill's demise was expected by Democrats, who have begun using the issue as a rallying cry to topple Republicans in the November elections. Republicans assigned the bill to House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, which was likely to reject it. The panel voted 5-4 along party lines to kill the measure.

"The gay community is being used as a political pawn," said Republican Rep. Don Coram, whose son is gay. Coram voted against the measure.

Watch Colorado Rep Mark Ferrandino's formal statement to the media following the death of his civil unions bill in The House State, Veterans, and Military affairs Committee last night, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. oh wow, he voted against his own son. That's just too cold, even for a republican.

    Posted by: carl | May 15, 2012 7:59:18 AM

  2. @Carl. I wonder what Thanksgiving is like in their house.

    Posted by: Sylvatica | May 15, 2012 8:07:05 AM

  3. How is it even allowed to assign a bill to a random committee that has nothing to do with the issue? That's not democratic

    Posted by: Steve | May 15, 2012 9:07:59 AM

  4. Bigotry from Republicans? How not shocking.

    Grand Old Party of racism and homophobia

    Posted by: alex | May 15, 2012 9:22:34 AM

  5. Thanksgiving is "tolerable" because Gay Republicans ALLOW their family members to vote against them. They love it. They love the abuse. That's why they never speak out against the bigotry of their party.

    "You love to make me hit you!", anyone?

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 15, 2012 9:29:21 AM

  6. People die every day, people I love, but I wouldn't shed a tear for any of these people if they all died in a fire. What awful human beings.

    Posted by: luminum | May 15, 2012 9:43:35 AM

  7. I love how the new Republican line is that the gay community is being "used" as "political pawns". Thank you for trying to protect us from those nasty Democrats who want to give us rights.

    Posted by: mike128 | May 15, 2012 10:52:14 AM

  8. Little Kiwi, you're absolutely right. Believe me, I've known people like this - pathetic creatures who put saving a few bucks in taxes before their basic human rights and dignity. Beneath their callow smiles they're the saddest people I've ever known.

    Posted by: Hank | May 15, 2012 11:09:24 AM

  9. I'd be interested in what Coram's son thinks about his father's posturing. Any chance of you getting in contact with him, Andy?

    Posted by: Zack | May 15, 2012 11:15:40 AM

  10. It's a sad fact that a lot of our families vote against our rights all the time... My parents voted for Rick Santorum in the primaries, although they clearly know that I'm gay and how I felt about it. I know it's not quite the same but still..

    Posted by: Lucas | May 15, 2012 11:41:25 AM

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