Routt County sees 1st same-sex civil union
May 1, 2013
Steamboat Springs — Two Routt County women were the first in the county to take advantage of a new law allowing civil unions that went into effect Wednesday.
Routt County Deputy Clerk Barb Houston said the couple did not want to be identified.
"They seemed glad to be able to do it and had a few questions," Houston said. "I think they've been together for a while, so they were just excited to do it."
The couple was the only one to come into the clerk’s office Wednesday for a civil union license.
Starting at midnight, hundreds of couples in Denver and Boulder made their relationships official in the eyes of the law. The Denver Post reported that the One Colorado advocacy group had paid to have the Clerk and Recorder offices open after hours.
Other counties began issuing licenses Wednesday morning.
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Senate Bill 11 was signed into law March 21 and grants couples — straight and gay — the right to have civil unions that allow them many of the same rights married couples have.
According to the Post, eight states allow civil unions or have similar laws. Nine states and the District of Columbia allow gay marriage.
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