FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 14th, 2012
CONTACT: Joanne Kron, executive director at [email protected]
DENVER: Responding to the failure in a special session today of legislation to authorize civil unions in Colorado, the second such failure in as many weeks, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, updated its published list of “Winners and Losers of the 2012 Legislative Session.”
2012’s Big Loser: Over 70% of Coloradans Who Support Civil Unions
This year, Colorado came heartbreakingly close to passing civil unions legislation for committed gay and lesbian couples. Polls clearly demonstrate strong public support for these basic protections. Despite a groundswell of support, including many conservatives from the new Coloradans for Freedom advocacy group, intolerant, right-wing Speaker of the House Frank McNulty killed the bill in the regular session before it could be voted on by the full House. After Gov. John Hickenlooper called for a special session of the legislature to revisit many bills that were killed by McNulty to stop civil unions, McNulty again acted to kill the bill instead of allowing a fair vote.
Twice now in as many weeks, House leadership has made an absolute mockery of the legislative process in Colorado. Instead of allowing a simple up-or-down vote by all of Colorado’s elected representatives, Speaker McNulty chose to play politics with this bill even after Gov. Hickenlooper gave McNulty a second chance to do the right thing. While an overwhelming majority of Coloradans support civil unions, and a bipartisan majority in the Colorado House was waiting to pass the bill, McNulty and House leadership pandered to the extremist fringe of their party once again.
Coloradans who believe in fairness have taken notice, and these actions will play a role in the outcome of the November election.