At the state capitol, tensions between Democrats and Republicans meeting for a special session remains high following the defeat of a civil unions bill and a measure that would have asked voters to officially remove an anti-gay discrimination clause in the state constitution.
Monday’s 5 to 4 party-line vote on civil unions in the State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee may end the discussion for now, but the political ramifications will likely extend to the polls this November.
A civil unions measure is the primary focus of a special legislative session that began Monday morning. Hundreds of gay rights activists are rallying at the capitol in hopes of persuading lawmakers to approve the bill, but many are skeptical the measure will get a fair shot the second time around.
Colorado lawmakers are coming back to the state capitol Monday for the start of a special legislative session to address civil unions. The bill was one of many that got caught in the crossfire last week and failed in the waning hours of the session.