Denver Marks First-Year Anniversary of Civil Unions

Denver Marks First-Year Anniversary of Civil Unions

DENVER – Tomorrow, Denver will mark the one year anniversary of civil unions becoming legal throughout the state, a major step towards equality for the LGBT community in the City and County of Denver and State of Colorado.

Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Clerk and Recorder Johnson invite the community for a reception to commemorate this momentous day on May 1, 2014 from 10 - 11am at the Office of the Clerk and Recorder.

On May 1, 2013, Colorado celebrated becoming the 18th state to offer comprehensive benefits and obligations to same-sex couples, and Denver proudly administered more than 118 civil union licenses that day, beginning with midnight ceremonies. Since then, 837 committed couples have received civil union licenses from the Denver Clerk and Recorder's Office.

“Tomorrow, we celebrate the anniversary of a victory for all Colorado families who now have the tools to protect themselves.  We thank all those who have worked long and hard in this struggle for equality and we look forward to the day where there will be no need for two applications at the Clerk's office - one for LGBT families and one for everybody else,” said Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson.

“May 1 marks one year since Colorado showed that we are a state that champions equality, inclusivity and justice for people who live here,” Mayor Hancock said. “Our state has made great strides towards bringing down the walls that divide to become a place where everyone matters and May 1 will forever serve as a day to celebrate this momentous step.”

For more information about applying for a civil union license visit:

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 (Archive on May 30, 2014)
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