Colorado is now the 8th state in the US that recognizes same-sex civil unions.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill Thursday to legalize civil unions for same-sex couples which will take effect May 1. According to the Denver Post, this legislation marks a huge shift in policy from a state that was once dubbed the “hate state” after voters backed Amendment 2 in 1992, which “prohibited laws from protecting gays from discrimination.”
I was there on election night in 1992 with many of you, and I see your faces in this room. That was a very tragic moment, and yet it gave us so much hope and so much momentum moving forward. We didn’t take that defeat sitting down. We were in the streets, and we were in the courtrooms, and we were in the halls of the Capitol building.
Advocates, who applaud the steps Colorado has taken, do point out however that the civil-unions legislation is “admittedly imperfect. ” Steadman said, “It is not an extension of equal rights. It is not something that includes us fully and on equal footing with others in society. There is still much to do.”