Post submitted by former HRC staff member Jon Monteith, who now serves as Communications Director of One Colorado, a state organization working to secure and protect fairness and equality for all LGBT Coloradans and their families.
In just a few short days, Governor John Hickenlooper will sign the Colorado Civil Union Act into law– an incredible victory that was made possible by the hard work and unrelenting spirit of thousands of dedicated Coloradans who knew this day was long overdue.
Still, the most powerful victory of all is knowing that come May 1, loving, commited couples in every corner of the Centennial State will finally gain access to the fundamental protections they need to take care of themselves and their families.
As many of these couples prepare to enter into a civil union together, we want to ensure they have all the information and resources they need to take this important step. That’s why One Colorado has launched a new one-stop shop on our website, where LGBT Coloradans can go to learn everything they need to know about civil unions.
Ready to apply for a civil union license with your partner, but not sure how to proceed? Check out our “Tips for Couples” section, which outlines exactly what you need to do – as well as who to contact should you run into any unexpected obstacles.
Need a little help explaining to others why these critical protections matter so much? Download our “Talking Points” document for quick and easy guidance on how to respond to questions from your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers – or if you're approached by a member of the media.
While this online resource is not designed to take the place of legal advice – and we encourage those with legal or more technical questions to seek the counsel of an attorney – it does offer a range of helpful information. With the implementation of civil unions just around the corner, we know it’s critical that anyone with questions or concerns has access to the assistance they need.
There is no question that here in Colorado and in so many other states across the country, our journey to full equality is not yet complete. But as we continue to move forward on that voyage, we know that same-sex couples in Colorado have waited 10, 20, and sometimes even 40 years to have their families recognized by the state. They deserve these crucial safeguards now – and not a moment later.
So check out this important resource today, and make sure your friends and family in Colorado have all the support they need to be a part of history.