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GOP lawmakers kill Colorado Civil Union Act in special session

DENVER -- Oops! They did it again.

Despite being given a second chance by Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Republican state House committee killed the Colorado Civil Union Act on a party-line vote, 5-4.

The decision came after about four hours of testimony.

Supporters of the bill had hoped Rep. Don Coram, R-Montrose, who is the father of a gay son, would be a swing vote. However, he told a crowd of more than 300 the bill was too similar to same-sex marriage and a “yes” vote would invalidate a 2006 voter approved amendment defining marriage between a man and a woman.

Coram also said he thought the bill was being used for political gain.

“I’m concerned that the gay community is being used as a political pawn,” he said. “(Civil unions) only came up when we had a split house. And I think that’s wrong because these are great people.”

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