According to the Denver Post,on Thursday night a state House committee voted 6-5 against a proposed civil union bill that would have given Colorado gays and lesbians many of the rights of marriage. The vote was split down party lines with the Republicans opposing.
According to one of the bill’s sponsors, Rep. Mark Ferrandino (who himself is gay):
“What makes me saddest,” Ferrandino said, “is there were people on that committee who were, I think, supportive in their hearts but weren’t willing to stand up against the leadership and the far-right fringe of their party.”
Read: House panel kills bill on civil unions on 6-5 party-line vote [Denver Post]
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