Colorado House Republicans pitched a religious liberty bill last Wednesday to the Democratic-controlled State Affairs committee. It was the same kind of bill that has stirred hornets nest-like national protests in other states for fear that religious liberty might translate on the ground as discrimination.
Republicans knew the bill, HB 1013, would die in committee, and it did, on a 6-3 party line vote. Earlier versions have ended the same way the last two years.
But the bill sponsors — Rep. Dave Williams, R-Colorado Springs, and Steve Humphrey, R-Eaton — hoped the bill would advance the cause by demonstrating their commitment to it and by building additional support with a well-made case laid out in the public square.