Thursday afternoon, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) officially signed into law civil unions after years of conflict over the issue. It takes effect just six weeks from now on May 1. Colorado joins eight other states that offer civil unions or domestic partnerships for same-sex couples: California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, and Rhode Island.
State Sen. Pat Steadman, who is openly gay and was one of the bill’s sponsors, opened his remarks Thursday by saying, “Dearly beloved… we’re going to make history.” Watch the Denver Post’s video of Steadman and Hickenlooper’s remarks, the signing, and reactions from those who attended: