(Denver) – Business has been brisk at Denver’s Marriage License/Civil Union License counter, with 255 civil union licenses issued in the first two weeks of the Colorado Civil Union Act. This number includes the 114 civil union licenses issued during Denver’s May 1 midnight civil unions event. May is a traditional wedding month, and during the same period Denver also issued 245 marriage licenses, for a total of 500 licenses to couples.
The Office of the Clerk and Recorder hosted the May 1 midnight event and assumed the cost of having the building open, but did not have any costs associated with the atrium activities. Those costs were absorbed by One Colorado, who organized the event. Total cost for the Clerk and Recorder was $3,100, which included 4 uniformed Denver Police officers, front door security, janitorial service, and overtime for Clerk and Recorder Marriage/Civil Union counter personnel.
“We were pleased at the way the event worked out for the couples and for our office. This event was very much in the tradition of the Valentine’s Day celebration we’ve had each of the last six years for our marriage license applicants,” said Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson. “And our employees who chose to work the May 1 overnight event actually saved us the expense of bringing on extra personnel to handle the extra customers we think we’d have experienced in the first week in the absence of that very successful midnight event.”
The Clerk and Recorder’s annual Valentine’s Day event has been a hit with couples coming in for marriage licenses on that day, and it won a Westword award in 2012 (“Best Day to Get Hitched at City Hall”). The Valentine’s Day event includes refreshments and donated gifts for all couples, and in the last two years has featured judges, and even Mayor Michael B. Hancock, performing weddings. In the future, this event will also include civil unions.