Civil Unions Act Signed Into Law

(March 21) — In front of an exuberant crowd that filled the History Colorado museum to the rafters, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed civil unions into law today

Speaker Mark Ferrandino, sponsor of SB13-011 with Rep. Sue Schafer (D-Wheat Ridge) and Sens. Pat Steadman (D-Denver) and Lucia Guzman (D-Denver), called the bill “an amazing opportunity to honor family, love and equality.”

“I thank Governor Hickenlooper for your leadership and your steadfast support of this issue and of the LGBT community,” Rep. Ferrandino (D-Denver) told the cheering audience, which filled the atrium at History Colorado and lined the railings of the overlooking floors.

“Now that we have a daughter, this issue has become even more personal,” said Rep. Ferrandino, one of eight gay or lesbian members of the Colorado General Assembly. “Looking at my daughter’s face when I wake up and I go and I take her out of her crib and see that smiling face – to know that after the governor signs this that she’s going to have the protections just like every other family, is just – it makes my heart warm.”

Rep. Schafer took note of the many heroes and signal events of the fight for equal rights for gays and lesbians in America.

“It is an historic day because we are expanding equal rights to all Coloradans,” she told the crowd. “What a great day to be a Coloradan!”

The new law, making Colorado the 18th state to offer official recognition to same-sex partnerships, takes effect May 1.

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