May 10, 2012 at 8:20 pm EDT | by Phil Reese
Colorado GOP kills civil unions bill

Colorado House Speaker, Republican Frank McNulty, closed the legislative session with a filibuster killing 30 bills, blaming an impasse on Civil Unions. (Photo by Randolph M. Hildreth via Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER — Rather than allow a civil unions bill to reach a floor vote Tuesday, GOP leadership in the Republican-controlled Colorado House ended the legislative session for the year, effectively leaving 30 bills dead in the water, in what the Denver Post called “a dramatic game of political chicken.”

Though advocates believe the bill — which had already passed the state Senate — had enough votes to pass with bipartisan support, and was guaranteed signature by Democratic Gov. Hickenlooper, Speaker Frank McNulty (R-Highlands Ranch) announced that negotiations on the bill had reached an impasse. This brought an end to the session with no vote on civil unions.


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