On Thursday, March 21, 2013, Governor Hickenlooper signed SB 13-011 – Concerning Authorization of Civil Unions and, in Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation. The bill was sponsored by Reps. Pat Steadman and Lucia Guzman from the House, and Sens. Mark Ferrandino and Sue Schafer from the Senate.
Governor Hickenlooper issued a statement through One Colorado, remarking, “I had the incredible honor of signing civil unions into law. It was a historic moment for Colorado, which now joins a tide of hope sweeping the nation that affirms all couples should have the protections they need to care for each other and their families.” The bill grants rights to same-sex couples that are similar to those protections married couples enjoy under the law.
The bill takes effect on May 1, 2013, and will impact many areas of the law. The practice areas that will be most directly affected are family law and trust and estate law. On May 1,2013, the effective date of the legislation, CBA-CLE will host two half-day programs discussing the impact of civil unions on family law and trust and estate practice. Topics to be discussed include
- Predicting the legal consequences of civil unions on Title 14 and Title 19 actions;
- A survey of same-sex marriage and civil unions in other jurisdictions and reciprocity issues;
- Implications of the civil unions law in Colorado and nationwide;
- Highlights and key provisions of the law that are important to a trust and estate practice; and
- Civil unions and elder law.
The programs will be presented by Elizabeth Bryant, Erica Johnson, Richard Mishkin, Marie Avery Moses, and Richard Rotole. Click the link below to register or call (303) 850-0608.