• Mario Nicolais

Colorado’s GOP has not learned its lesson on anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric from 10 years ago

Amid the chaos of a controversial bill to combat the fentanyl epidemic and Republican efforts to “billibuster” legislation as time wound down on the legislative session lurked the memory of Colorado’s most controversial ending beneath the golden dome.


Ten years ago the bill to create civil unions died on the state House floor.


It died to the sound of wails from onlookers in the gallery. It died to the sight of legislators openly sobbing on the floor. It died to the heart-breaking image of the gay House Minority leader visibly shaken in the background as the Speaker proclaimed an impasse.


I stood directly above that scene and will always remember exactly how it felt. It was anguish and loss and rage and determination and will intertwined.



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