As Colorado’s new civil unions law takes effect on May 1, couples will celebrate with midnight civil union ceremonies in the atrium of the Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building in downtown Denver. The midnight event is being organized by One Colorado, a statewide LGBT advocacy group. In order to facilitate the event, the Office of the Clerk and Recorder will be open from midnight to 3:00 a.m. on May 1 to issue civil union licenses.
The Wellington Webb building atrium, 201 W. Colfax Ave., will open to the public beginning at 10:30 p.m., April 30, to welcome couples who wish to be among the first in the state to enter into a civil union together. From midnight to 2:00 a.m., One Colorado will be offering civil union ceremonies to couples, which will be performed by local judges, magistrates, and qualified religious and lay officiants.
Helping to perform civil union ceremonies and congratulating participants will be Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “I am honored to take part in this historic event, uniting committed couples who were for too long excluded from the same benefits and protections provided to their fellow citizens,” said Mayor Hancock. “At midnight May 1, our great state will bring down some of the senseless walls that have divided us and state in one voice: Everyone matters.”
Couples wishing to obtain civil union licenses will be able to fill out their application forms prior to midnight at a Clerk and Recorder table set up in the atrium, so that licenses may be issued beginning promptly at 12:01 a.m.
“We are thrilled to be part of this historic event, and to host One Colorado and the couples who want to be among the first to share a civil union,” said Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson. “Our office will now issue civil union licenses right alongside marriage licenses. I will be on hand at the midnight event to offer my congratulations to the couples and to the legislators who helped make this day a reality.”
Brad Clark, Executive Director of One Colorado, emphasized the importance of Colorado’s same sex couples finally having access to the critical legal protections that civil unions provide. “In every corner of our state, loving, committed couples have been waiting for 10, 20, and sometimes even 40 years to have the tools needed to protect each other and their families. At midnight on May 1, that long wait finally comes to an end – and we are proud to mark this historic victory by coming together as one community to celebrate.”
For more details on obtaining a civil union license in Denver, go to www.DenverClerkandRecorder.org, or call 311 in Denver. For more information on One Colorado, go to www.One-Colorado.org.
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April 22, 2013
Civil Unions to Begin in Denver May 1 at Midnight
Clerk & Recorder’s Office to issue civil union licenses beginning at midnight, One Colorado to offer ceremonies for couples by officiants, including Mayor Hancock
DENVER ̶ As Colorado’s civil unions law takes effect at midnight on May 1, 2013, LGBT advocacy group One Colorado will welcome couples in the Webb Municipal Office Building atrium and offer civil union ceremonies performed by local judges, magistrates, and qualified religious and lay officiants.
Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock will be among those performing ceremonies beginning at midnight. The Office of the Clerk and Recorder will begin at midnight to issue licenses to couples who wish to be among the first in the state to enter into a civil union.
What: Midnight event in the Webb Municipal Office Building atrium. Organized by LGBT advocacy group One Colorado. The Clerk and Recorder’s Office will be open and will issue civil union licenses. Mayor Michael B. Hancock will officiate at least two ceremonies.
When: Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Ceremonies in the atrium from 12:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. Clerk and Recorder’s Office open from 12:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m. Media may enter the atrium at 5:30 p.m, and the atrium will open to the general public at 10:30 p.m.
Where: Atrium, Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building, 201 W. Colfax Ave., Denver; and Office of the Clerk and Recorder, first floor of Webb building, near the Court St. entrance. Parking for news media reserved along the east side of Court St. between 14th and 15th Sts. Public and media will enter the atrium at the Colfax entrance. There will be a reserved media area off the atrium near the Colfax entrance.
Who: Couples obtaining civil union licenses and participating in civil union ceremonies. Mayor Michael B. Hancock. Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson. Civil union officiants, both civil and clergy. One Colorado staff and volunteers. Members of the legislature who helped ensure passage of the Colorado Civil Union Act.
- For atrium event details and to speak in advance to couples getting a civil union license on May 1:
- For media arrangements and civil union licensing details:
Clerk and Recorder’s Office
Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s Office