CO Civil Unions Bill Dies in Special Session

Which is exactly what I predicted privately on local e-mail lists.

The reason why I could be so confident of that prediction, is the goodies that were left over from the regular session were not addressed, as the reactionaries held their collective breath till they turned blue, and the alleged blue Hickenlooper let said reactionaries exhale (all emphases added):

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper had said the special session was needed to address a “fundamental question of fairness and civil rights.”

The 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 the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, which voted 5-4 along party lines to kill the measure.

With many thanks, photo courtesy Daniel Gonzales

Though the ending came as no surprise, the lead-up was emotional. Two Democratic lawmakers choked up before their votes. In the audience, Marq Shafer, 31, put his hand on his partner Cody Shafer’s shoulder and nervously rubbed Cody Shafer’s wedding ring.

Republican Rep. Don Coram, whose son is gay, cited his reasons for voting against the measure while his wife, Dianna Coram, wiped away tears in the audience. Coram said civil unions are too similar to same-sex marriage, which Colorado voters banned in 2006. He blasted Democrats, accusing them of bringing up the issue to try to gain votes.

Right. I add more emphasis below:

Democrats tried to force Republicans who control the calendar to bring up the bill for debate. But it became clear Republicans were filibustering by unnecessarily talking at length about other bills.

Republicans then halted work for hours, killing the bill and several others that needed a vote before a key deadline.

The regular session adjourned Wednesday, the same day an emotional Hickenlooper announced his intent to call a special session to take up civil unions and other bills that died.

Thanks, Hick. Worked out great for you, didn’t it? Meanwhile you left Mark Ferrandino swinging in the wind. For the moment, and then, maybe not for the moment, either, as Mark is as or more eloquent than you Hick, when it comes to just talking about what is going on, ’cause people know when you’re full of shit or not, and Ferrandino? He’s on it:

The kicker is –it wasn’t even MARRIAGE.

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