They refused to bring the bill to the floor on the last day, using parliamentary games to delay. Why? Because enough Republicans had said they would vote for it that it was certain to pass.
http://www.denverpost.com/breakingne...vil-union-billMario Nicolais, spokesman for Coloradans for Freedom, the GOP group formed solely to push for the passage of civil unions, watched the defeat in agony. As a Republican, and an admitted hard-core partisan, Nicolais said he is concerned about the fallout in November.
Republicans have a one-seat edge in the House and are trying to win back the Senate from Democrats.
"I'm more concerned about the Republican majority in the fall than I am about civil unions passing," Nicolais said.
"Civil unions will pass at some point. That's going to happen. But I think people are going to very upset at how this happened. I think it's going to resonate and I worry about that as a Republican."
What's odd is that in an April poll, only 22% of Coloradoans were opposed to both gay marriage and civil unions. That may be understating opposition a little for some reasons, but it is pretty overwhelming.