Civil Unions Bill Dies

Effort to Revive Bill in Special Session Is Stymied by McNulty’s Kill Committee

May 14, 2012

(Denver) – Gov. John Hickenlooper convened a legislative special session to restore “transparency, accountability and the virtues of good government” by salvaging what it could from the 30 bills that were killed last week when Speaker Frank McNulty refused to allow them a simple up-or-down vote on the floor of the House of Representatives.

The centerpiece of that salvage effort died today, the first day of the special session, when a bill to establish civil unions in Colorado was killed in the State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee.

With its 5-4 party-line vote on HB12S-1006 this evening, the panel performed the “kill committee” role it has played throughout the year for Speaker McNulty (R-Highlands Ranch).

“Of course I’m disappointed,” said House Democratic Leader Mark Ferrandino, the sponsor of the civil unions bill. “I feel bad for the thousands who will have to wait awhile longer to enjoy the same rights and responsibilities that most committed Colorado couples take for granted.”

“But let me say this again: the question is when – not if — civil unions will pass. We will bring this back next year and every year until the state of Colorado grants equal rights to all couples.”

“Fair-minded Coloradans have been outraged by the abuse of the legislative process we’ve seen with this bill,” said Rep. Ferrandino (D-Denver). “They will work to assure that in the future we will have a House leadership that respects the will of the majority of our state representatives and the majority of the people of Colorado.”

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