This morning, at 10:53am MST, the Colorado General Assembly voted to pass the Colorado Civil Unions Act. The bill, which had bipartisan support and passed on a 39-26 vote, will now make its way to Gov. Hickenlooper’s desk, where he has promised to sign it in to law. Colorado will begin issuing civil union paperwork on May 1, 2013. The Colorado voters passed a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between ‘one man and one woman’ in 2006, so Civil Unions – which carry all of the rights and privileges as marriage within the state – are the solution to relationship recognition.
La and I ditched work (well, with supervisory consent, so . . .) to see the final vote, which was all but a done deal. And while it was ultimately somewhat anti-climatic – being shushed by the (gay) speaker as a matter of decorum and moving swiftly along to the next bill – it was really, really amazing.
Whenever we have a baby, that baby will have both of us named on their birth certificate – from the get-go. We will have access to end-pf-life decisions, be able to write a will jointly, and protect our family with much less cost and struggle. I am so so grateful to the law makers in Colorado who made this happen.
This is fantastic news for 8DPO – and I am hopeful that in a few more, we will have even more fantastic news too!
Happy Civil Union Day!