The Thinking 

A Temporary Victory in Colorado

May 9, 2012


STEVE writes:

Colorado Speaker of the House Frank McNulty (R) last night finally stepped up and killed the Civil Unions Bill before it could go to the floor for a vote. Had the bill gone to the floor, most likely it would have passed because of the votes of moderate Republicans. The media reports on this entire process have been extremely biased. For example, in-depth coverage of supporters and rallies in support of the bill, but only passing mention of opposition. And certainly, no description of the arguments of those opposed to the bill. But yesterday the media inadvertently revealed the true nature of the supporters of the bill. The Denver Post reported that when the Speaker was giving a press conference on the demise of the bill, supporters of the bill in the rotunda yelled, “I hope you f**king die!” This caused police to remove everyone from the rotunda.

The bottom line is that the homosexual movement and their supporters are the ones who are promoting hate, intolerance and violence. When I imagine Tim Gill’s reaction last night to this failure, I think of the scene at the end of The Passion when the Devil realizes Christ did bear the sins of the entire world, and he reacts with unrestrained fury. The civil unions bill will be back on the ballot next year.

Laura writes:

Speaking of biased media reports, here are the first four paragraphs of the New York Times story on the bill:

A bill that would have allowed civil unions for same-sex couples in Colorado died late Tuesday night after lawmakers reached an impasse on whether it would be heard on the floor of the House of Representatives before the legislative session concluded on Wednesday.

The dramatic end to the civil unions legislation was a blow to its supporters, who had likely mustered enough votes, including those of several Republicans, to pass the bill, which Gov. John W. Hickenlooper had said he intended to sign.

Supporters accused Republican leadership of purposefully stalling by taking too much time to discuss other legislation Tuesday, rather than bringing civil unions up for debate. The bill, which had already passed the State Senate, needed to be heard on the House floor before midnight.

“Although a clear majority of Colorado voters support civil unions — and a clear majority of our Representatives agree with them — House leadership killed the bill, proving just how out of touch they are with everyday Coloradans,” said Brad Clark, executive director of One Colorado, a statewide gay and lesbian advocacy group that supported the bill.

There is no reaction from opponents of the bill except on the procedural issue. The article is flagrantly in support of the measure without even token regard for the opposition.

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