Video: Rep. Don Coram, Has Gay Son, Helps Kill Civil Unions Bill in Colorado

| by Michael Allen

On Monday night, Colorado’s general assembly rejected a bill that would have authorized civil unions for same sex couples in the state (video below).

The bill, which had been killed by filibuster in the regular session, resurfaced in the House’s special session (called for Governor John Hickenlooper), only to be killed by a vote of 5-4 by the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, according to the Associated Press.

Even though the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee has nothing to do with these types of bills, House Speaker Frank McNulty sent the bill to the committee, known as a "kill committee," because its Republican members are in safe seats and can shoot down controversial bills with little worry of political consequences.

One of the five votes that killed the bill was from Rep. Don Coram (pictured at left), whose son is openly gay.

Coram told the Denver Post: "What you're asking me to do here is invalidate the vote of six years ago. I'm concerned that the gay community is being used as a political pawn. For four years we had a Democrat governor, a Democrat House and a Democrat Senate. The issue never came up. It only came up when we got a split house. I think that's wrong."

Minority leader Rep. Mark Ferrandino said in the hearing, “This is an issue that, in 20 years, or less, people will ask, ‘Why was this an issue? Why did people care about this? Why did we deny people equal access under the law?’ Because this is going to happen. It’s just a matter of when it’s going to happen and who’s going to stand in the way.”