(Editor's note: The civil unions bill had enough votes for passage in the House through bipartisan support, but the Republican Speaker controlled the agenda and whether the bill would be heard. The Denver Post documented the dramatic developments. Also check out the video posted by One Colorado, a gay-rights group.)
DENVER -- A bill to allow same-sex couples to form civil unions died on the calendar late Tuesday, taking down more than 30 other measures with it in a dramatic game of political chicken in which no one would blink.
When Republican Speaker Frank McNulty acknowledged there was an impasse and abruptly ended his news conference on the House floor, Coloradans watching in the gallery started chanting: "Shame on you! Shame on you!"
Everyone was kicked out of the gallery after someone yelled, "I hope you (expletive) die!"
The stunning turn of events on the second-to-last day of the 2012 session had been brewing since Thursday, when a Republican lawmaker voted with Democrats to pass the civil unions bill out of committee.
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