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Civil Unions Take Effect in Colorado

Beginning today, committed same-sex couples in every corner of the Centennial State finally gain access to the fundamental protections they need to take care of themselves and their families.

Colorado’s Civil Union Act passed in March with bipartisan support in both houses of the Colorado General Assembly and was signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper. Advocates at One Colorado worked tirelessly to secure passage of this bill.

One Colorado has put together a one-stop shop in both English and Spanish with application forms, Frequently Asked Questions, and other tips for couples seeking civil unions.

Colorado becomes the eighteenth state – plus Washington, DC – to offer comprehensive state-level rights, benefits and obligations to same-sex couples.  Nine states (Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and Washington) and Washington, DC issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  And as of May 1, nine states (California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, and Rhode Island) provide the equivalent of state-level spousal rights to same-sex couples within the state.

As the fight for full marriage equality continues nationwide, visit HRC’s Marriage Center to learn more.

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