Colorado had a bill that would have legalized civil unions, thus giving rights to same sex marriage, but they killed it before it even reached the floor of the House.
It seems that Colorado House Speaker Frank McNulty assigned the bill to the State and Veterans/Military Affairs Committee. This committee is dominated by conservative members and, according to Democrat House Minority Leader Mark Ferrandio, who happens to be sponsoring the bill, this committee has been called McNulty’s “kill committee.”
McNulty said the reason it was sent to this committee was to “… dispense with divisive issues as quickly as possible so we can get back to the business of creating jobs.” So, the rights of his people ranked that low on his list of things to do that day? Really? Because wow.
Despite the intensive focus on job creation, the state of Colorado is doing pretty well in the “creating jobs” area—their unemployment rate continues to go down. There’s progress being made. In light of that development, maybe McNulty could just continue with this strategy and add the whole “equal rights thing” to his calendar. You know, sometime. Maybe no one told him that it was part of his job to do more than one thing at a time. Furthermore how does giving people rights take away jobs? Or put a halt to creating jobs? It doesn’t make sense to me which is probably why I’m not in politics … I just don’t understand it.
Bottom line is that McNulty is Conservative and runs his state as such. It didn’t surprise me that he acted this way and tried to distract us from what he was actually doing in deflecting the backlash. What did surprise me, however, was GOP Rep. Don Coram. Coram has a homosexual son and he voted AGAINST the bill, saying, “I’m concerned that the gay community is being used as a political pawn.” So, by Corma’s logic, he’s denying the gay community their rights for their own well-being? He’s being cruel to be kind? What the heck is going on in Colorado?