Anti-Civil Unions Rally Turns Decidedly Icky

SUNDAY UPDATE: Lynn Bartels of the Denver paper gives former Sen. Ed Jones’ offensive remarks some belated attention, and background, in a blog post late yesterday evening.


FOX 31's Eli Stokols reports on yesterday's rally to "Protect Marriage" at the state capitol:

At the event, organized by the Colorado Catholic Conference, opponents of Senate Bill 11 bemoaned the fact that it no longer contains an exemption for adoption agencies that preferred not to work with gay couples for religious reasons.

Last year’s bill, which included that exemption, would already be law if not for former House Speaker Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, who decided to shut down the legislature on the session’s penultimate day as a last resort to avoid a vote and effectively kill that bill, which would have passed the full House with some GOP support.

“It doesn’t take courage to do the right thing,” McNulty said to cheers at Friday’s rally. “Marriage should be reinforced, not redefined.”

…Former state lawmaker Ed Jones took aim at the bill’s sponsor who is also McNulty’s predecessor as Speaker, Rep. Mark Ferrandino, for having a “wife” he called “Eric”, even though the lawmaker has a husband whose name is actually Greg. [Pols emphasis]

“Gays don’t have to be that way,” Jones said, ignoring overwhelming science that states otherwise.

We've heard from multiple sources in attendance that former Sen. Ed Jones' remarks at yesterday's rally were far and away the most offensive–openly invoking his race to disparage not just civil unions, but gays and lesbians in general as unworthy of rights. That said, we're unaware of any attempt made by organizer Dan Caplis, or anyone else including the numerous elected officials in attendance to repudiate Jones' remarks, or this over-the-top insult against Speaker Mark Ferrandino in particular. To brand this event as an embrace of exactly the sort of bigotry that so many moderate Republicans have warned the party to reject is a considerable understatement.

We don't understand why nothing about any of this unvarnished hate speech appears in today's Denver Post story about the same rally–which says only that Jones called on Gov. John Hickenlooper to "act on his moderate credentials" and veto the bill. As Stokols' more thorough reporting shows, there was nothing "moderate" about this.

What happened yesterday should be called out, not sanitized.

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  1. JeffcoBlueJeffcoBlue says:

    Jesus. To hell with the Denver Post. What a crock of biased shit.

  2. JeffcoBlueJeffcoBlue says:

    Next problem: I love Eli Stokols, he’s the best in town. But:

    In the late news battle, 9News wins, with help from NBC, which had its first November win in nine years. On weeknights at 10 p.m., among adults ages 25-54, KUSA wins with a 4.3 rating and 14.2 share, KMGH is No. 2 at 2.5 and 8.2, and KCNC trails with 2.1 and 7. KDVR’s 9 p.m. newscast has a 2.1 rating and 5.8 share. 9News sister station KTVD has a 1.3 rating at 9 p.m.

    He needs more reach.

  3. GalapagoLarryGalapagoLarry says:

    “Icky?” Now I don’t know much about “the gay” 🙂 but it reminds me of that bewildering horseshit I went through with the draft, when I was asked about my three-year relationship: “Are you the husband and or the wife?”
    “Come on, you know what we mean. Do you like to be on top or do you like to be on the bottom?”

    Hell, I just thought I was in love and it was going to last forever. And this was over fifty fucking years ago. Half a century later and these creeps still don’t get it. And they still think it’s ok to belittle and disparage and mock. In public! On my capitol steps!

    Sorry to get so personal, folks. Icky? It’s fucking infuriating.

    • BlueCatBlueCat says:

      Don’t let them get to you, Larry. They’re on the losing side. They’re on their way to history’s dustbin. It’s going to be OK.

    • roccoprahn says:


      Yeah, it’s infuriating, but in my opinion that’s because while I’m watching these people act like the ignorant, nose in everybody else’s business, small minded, scared little fucks that they are, I have the immediate response that I can’t put a stop to their bullshit. So that frustrates me.

      Then I remember we have the House, the Senate, and the Governor’s Mansion. It’s our agenda. It’s our turn to do what we voted as state to do.

      Civil Unions WILL pass.

      And the thought of those trogladytes stewing in their juices when it does is really fun. I like to taunt assholes. I really do. It’s a hobby of mine, and it’s fun.

      And believe me, the best revenge on these skintags is living well.

  4. GalapagoLarryGalapagoLarry says:

    It’s already ok for me. I’ve heard it all. But I can’t help but fear what such comments may do to younger or less experienced or emotionally vulnerable people. Assholes like Jones think they’re being oh, so cute, but they can grind in real hurt.

    Girls, knowing these same creepy minded ignor-mouses will still be prying about in their adult uteruses looking for some excuse to prop up their own diminishing relevance–must be affected somehow, and not too joyously.

    Hardworking (if they had work!), cash strapped, struggling family heads, knowing these same giants of leadership will impose drug testing as a solution to hunger–must get more than a bit discouraged.

    Frankly, if I were a person of color watching these same self-satisfied, self-appointed arbiters of “rights” chisel away at my civic security, I’d be rioting.

    Half a century from now it will still be not ok, if we don’t beat these bastards down in every forum and every election when they raise their stupid, crude, harmful, backward assed, shit for brains comments.

    • GalapagoLarryGalapagoLarry says:

      Ooops, that was supposed to be a response to BlueCat.

      • BlueCatBlueCat says:

        Got it, Larry.  And you're right.  And all kinds of things are suddenly here in the reply box. I see bold, block quote, fonts, all kinds of fun user friendly for idiots like  me things.  Guess ColPols wasn't just blowin' smoke with those promises.

        • BlueCatBlueCat says:

          Got it Larry. and you're right.  And low and behold, here's a bunch of stuff like bold and block quote  but the instant spell checking and editing are gone or different. Those were the new things I liked !  Oh well.  Will have to play with this stuff. Thanks, ColPols.

  5. GalapagoLarryGalapagoLarry says:

    Well, double darn. I’ve got this letter all ready for Sen. Ed Jones and the only Jones listed at the Senate web page is a Sen. Matt Jones.

    Same one? I don’t want to ingratiate myself with the wrong senator.

  6. MADCO says:

    Biblical marriage?

    Man and wife.
    Man and wife and his concubines.
    Man and wife and her slaves.
    Man and his many wives.

    Marriage has been redefined! Oh noes! We need the restoration of biblical marriage!

    Are concubines legal in Colorado?

  7. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    The bigots are right. We do have to keep marriage between a man and a woman. Look at this news account of what happened in Iowa. Town Of Davenport, Iowa Descends Into Hell Following Gay Marriage Ceremony

  8. Awen says:

    …Former state lawmaker Ed Jones took aim at the bill’s sponsor who is also McNulty’s predecessor as Speaker, Rep. Mark Ferrandino, for having a “wife” he called “Eric”, even though the lawmaker has a husband whose name is actually Greg. [Pols emphasis]


    Shouldn't that be successor instead of predecessor?

  9. MADCO says:

    So what Senator Jones is saying is forget about civil unions…we should outlaw homesexuality ?



    I didn't choose to be straight.  Or if I did- I don't recall choosing. But so what if I did?  Consenting adults should get to make all kinds of choices- where to live, how to think, whom to love, which baseball teems to cheer for, and a zillion other things.


    Maybe we should prohibit Cubs fans. Being a Cubs fan is a choice.

    No- what he really means is he doesn't like it, and he remembers hearing a priest or minister saying once the Bible rejects it.  So what? The same Bible allows slavery. And concubines.  As for what he personally likes or doesn't like- he should get over himself.

    • BlueCatBlueCat says:

      "So what" is right.  What does the bible have to do with it?  Bible based religions have no higher standing under our constitution than non-bible based religions or plain old non-religion.  I wish we could have some wireless system whereby every time a pol claimed something should be against the law because the bible says so (shell fish, poly/cotton fabric blends, working on the Sabbath), the idiot would be administered an electric shock.

    • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:


      forget about civil unions…we should outlaw homesexuality ?

      I am kind of opposed to shagging ones' domecile, as well… but hey,…whatever.

  10. JeffcoBlueJeffcoBlue says:

    It's ncie to see the Spot Blog post. Too bad that stupid blog has less than 1% of the readership of the newspaper the whitewash story was printed in.

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