Don Coram (left) and son Dee Coram
Meet Dee Coram: the Gay Son of the Politician Who Killed Colorado's Civil Unions Bill

By Neal Broverman

Originally published on May 16 2012 12:10 PM ET

Dee Coram, the gay son of Republican Colorado legislator Don Coram, says he's "let down" that his father killed a state civil unions bill.

The younger Coram pleaded with his father to not use his power to doom the legislation — his father refused and the bill died by one vote in a committee.

"Yesterday was the first and only time I ever called him and said, "Can you do this?" the 44-year-old Dee Coram, the policitian's only offspring, told The Denver Post. "He said, 'I love you, but absolutely not.'"

Politicians from across the state were supportive of the civil unions bill, but the older Coram said he was representing the interests of his rural district by killing the bill. He said the civil unions legislation was akin to gay marriage, which state voters banned in 2006. Read more here.