Once Promising, GOP Filibuster Kills Colorado’s Civil-Unions Bill Yet Again

Amid jeers of “shame on you” from LGBT advocates in the Colorado capitol, Republican House Speaker Frank McNulty (right) delivered the news last night that a civil unions bill would not reach a vote.

“We have reached an impasse,” McNulty told the AP. “It is unfortunate that there will be items that will not receive consideration by the House tonight because of this impasse.”

The bill had already cleared key Republican hurdles… Wherefore this “impasse”?

A good ol’ GOP stall-’em-so-they-can’t-vote filibuster, reports the AP:

Tuesday night’s announcement that the bill wouldn’t get a vote came hours after Democrats sought to block a GOP filibuster on civil unions. Republicans control the House on a 33-32 margin but enough members of their party supported the legislation to pass it.

Democrats used a procedural move to try to stop debate on other bills when it became clear Republicans were talking at length about other measures, delaying any action on civil unions.

Republicans responded by abruptly stopping floor work.

The bill needed to have an initial vote of the full House before midnight Tuesday or else the proposal would die. That’s because the Legislature adjourns Wednesday, so there wouldn’t be time for a final vote.

We can thank certain Republicans, like B.J. Nikkel, who changed her vote to allow the bill to get out of committee when it failed there so many times before.

But a few Republicans wasn’t enough to overcome the ones who apparently listened to the Biblical gay-bashers, and when it came time for GOP leadership to enact a stall on it, the sheep followed. Do they realize that their political game shattered the hopes and dreams for gay couples for some minor shred of recognition?

Maybe next year.

Photo: One Colorado

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  • Randy

    Ignorance, fear and hate drive the GOP and religous right. They use it to raise money
    and to try to control people.

  • Robert in NYC

    And to think gay republicans vote for the GOP every time.

  • cam

    IT’s all about hate and hurting others. It isn’t about protecting marriage. They just want to be able to legally hate and harm a group.

  • Stefan

    It may not be over yet. The governor may call a special session and force a vote.

  • Brand

    Democrats need to be elected to 60%+ majorities not only in the U.S. Congress but in state congresses as well. GET OUT THE VOTE!

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