Watch: Same-sex couples rejoice as Colorado governor signs civil unions bill

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, March 21, 2013 20:42 EDT
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Colorado’s governor on Thursday signed into law a bill that allows same-sex couples in the state to enter into civil unions.

Supporters of the bill packed into the History Colorado Museum to celebrate the signing of SB11, the Colorado Civil Union Act.

“It’s about fucking time,” one woman said after kissing her partner.

The new law provides committed gay and lesbian couples with many of the legal protections and rights provided to married couples, including adopting children and making end-of-life decisions for a partner.

The development is a dramatic change from 2006, when voters approved an amendment to the state constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage.

Colorado state Reps. Mark Ferrandino and Pat Steadman introduced the first civil unions bill in 2011. The legislation was blocked by Republican lawmakers until this year, when Democrats won back the state House.

Watch video, uploaded to YouTube by TheDailyCamera, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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