Mark Ferrandino, the state representative who was the sponsor of a civil unions bill defeated Monday in Colorado, joined PoliticsNation Tuesday to criticize Republican House Speaker Frank McNulty for assigning the measure to a “kill” committee where he knew the bill lacked the support to advance.
In a move described by Rev. Al Sharpton as “anti-democratic” and Rachel Maddow as “amazing gymnastic legislative maneuvering,” it was the second time in a week that Republican lawmakers in the state’s House of Representatives blocked an up-or-down vote on the issue. The Colorado bill had cleared the state Senate and appeared headed for possible passage in the House, but Republican leaders kept it from reaching the floor for a final vote.
The measure would have allowed same-sex domestic partners to make end-of-life medical decisions for one another and become eligible for certain insurance and retirement benefits.