A GOP-controlled state legislative panel in Colorado killed a bill Monday that would have given gay and lesbian couples the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts. Had the bill to approve same-sex civil unions made it to the state House floor, it was expected to pass with the support of Democrats and a handful of Republicans.
The Denver Post reports that Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper had called a special legislative session to debate the bill after the regular legislative session ended last week with no progress on the measure. But GOP leaders funneled the proposal to the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, which is known as a "kill committee" because its members are in safe seats and are unlikely to face political consequences for preventing a bill from reaching the floor. The panel lived up to its billing, voting to kill it 5-4 along party lines.