Colorado Governor Signs Civil Unions Into Law | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

NPR : News

Filed Under:

Colorado Governor Signs Civil Unions Into Law

Gay couples in Colorado can soon enter into civil unions.

There were cheers as Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 11 at the History Colorado Center near the Capitol.

Here's more from The Associated Press:

"Civil unions grant gay couples rights similar to marriage, including enhanced inheritance and parental rights. People in civil unions also would have the ability to make medical decisions for their partners.

"Republicans opposed the bill, saying they would've liked to see religious exemptions to provide legal protections for those opposed to civil unions."

When the law takes effect May 1, Colorado will join eight states that have civil unions. Nine others and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriage.

The approval of civil unions is a dramatic turnaround for a state where voters in 2006 banned gay marriage. The AP reports that the 2006 vote is what makes civil unions the only option for now for gay couples Colorado. But that could change with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the coming months.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

After A Ho-Hum Summer, Hollywood Ramps Up For Fall

Until Guardians of the Galaxy came along, this year's box office figures were the worst in years. But critic Bob Mondello says there are bound to be some fall films that get pulses pounding again.
NPR

These 5 Crops Are Still Hand-Harvested, And It's Hard Work

Saffron, vanilla, palm oil, cacao and cottonseed oil are still picked by hand in some parts of the world. Sometimes that manual labor shows up in the price of the food; sometimes it doesn't.
NPR

Guns Boom In 2014 Campaign Ads

Ads with candidates shooting guns are proliferating this year. It can all be traced back to Sen. Joe Manchin's famed 2010 spot "Dead Aim."
NPR

Why Do We Blindly Sign Terms Of Service Agreements?

Audie Cornish talks with University of Chicago Law School professor Omri Ben-Shahar about terms of service agreements for software and websites.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.