Colorado Civil Unions Recognized at Midnight Tuesday
A major event takes place at 12:01 Wednesday morning in Colorado. Same-sex couples will be allowed to obtain a civil union, recognized by the state. In addition, if they already have a previous civil union, it will be recognized.
Seven years ago voters banned gay marriage in the state. This year the state lawmakers granted the same rights to same-sex and heterosexual couples, such as transferring property, making medical decisions, adopting children and qualifying for health insurance and survivor benefits.
Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the bill on March 21.
Colorado’s first openly-gay Speaker of the House, Mark Ferrandino (D-Denver), told KDVR that he too would be applying for a civil union.
“I kept saying it wasn’t a matter of if,” Ferrandino said of the passage of civil unions in Colorado. “It was a matter of when.”
A Denver LGBT group is having a celebration this evening, for which all tickets have been sold out. “We want to honor the hard work and tireless dedication of the thousands of One Colorado supporters who made this moment possible and that’s what The Civil Soirée is all about!” director Brad Clark said in an email.
Denver’s Office of Clerk and Recorder will be open until 2 a.m. to take care of as many applicants as possible.
Although seven years ago the voters were against same-sex marriage, attitudes seem to be changing. A recent poll from Public Policy Polling however suggests that voter sentiments may be changing.
The poll shows that Coloradans are now in support of gay marriage by a 50-38 margin, and voters under the age of 30 support it by a 74-17 margin. Fifty-one percent of those surveyed said they would support same-sex marriage.
Time changes everything, and younger generations were raised with less obvious prejudice.
Columnist-The Guardian Express