Photos: John Hickenlooper signs Colorado Civil Unions Act into law

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Big photos below.
It's only fitting that the acme of Governor John Hickenlooper's recent political responsibilities came in a building called History Colorado. On Thursday, before a crowd of hundreds lining railings three stories up and jostling for a view, Hickenlooper signed the Colorado Civil Unions Act into law.

Below, see photos and a video from the signing ceremony, along with details about a legislative achievement that's been a long time coming.

Hickenlooper has dealt with groundswell of public opinion on controversial issues, including the recently-passed gun laws. But as he prepared to sign the bill into Colorado law, it was clear that this issue took on highly emotional tones, as people shed tears of both joy and sadness.

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Sen. Pat Steadman was one of the main sponsors of the Colorado Civil Unions Act.
Senator Pat Steadman, whose partner passed away late last year from pancreatic cancer, opened the event by thanking his fellow co-sponsors of the bill -- Senator Lucía Guzmán and representatives Mark Ferrandino and Sue Shafer -- as well as members of the public present to witness the historic event.

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Sue Shafer, Lucía Guzmán and Mark Ferrandino co-sponsored the bill.
"Together, all of us, everyone in this room, has done so much work, not just this year, not just last year, but over the course of our lives, to bring our movement to this point where we are about to witness real inclusion into Colorado society, and we have a lot to be thankful for," Steadman said.

Hundreds packed into the History Colorado building for the bill signing.
When Hickenlooper took the microphone, he opened with an anecdote about his earlier days at the Wynkoop Brewery in an effort to demonstrate just how far the state has come since the early 1990s, when the passage of Amendment 2, a measure that precluded "special rights" for gays and lesbians, led to Colorado being branded the "hate state."

The brewery had just promoted a gay bartender to the position of general manager, Hickenlooper recalled, and that didn't sit well with some people.

"A couple customers came up and they wanted to see the owner, and I thought they were going compliment us [on] what a great job he's doing," he noted. "And, of course, they said they weren't going to come to our business anymore. A waitress was standing beside me, and she says, 'You know, that's not going to bother any of us at all.'"

Continue for more about yesterday's signing ceremony, including photos and a video.

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DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 *** Regulate Civil Unions Like Alcohol !! ***

           *** Regulation Works! ***

Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

I'm so disappointed Colorado chose the unprincipled approach to marriage.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... feel free to leave to whatever Libertoonian Fantasy Island exists in your dreams.

Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay This is America. Why should I feel free?

Ironically, you just posted an opinion above consistent with mine. The government shouldn't e screwing with marriage / civil unions / partnerships / whatever. You must be feeling Libertoonian.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter


... perhaps it's contagious?

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