In a 39-26 vote Tuesday, the Colorado House passed the Colorado Civil Union Act, which provides gay and straight couples the legal benefits, protections and responsibilities granted to married spouses under state law.

The bill, sponsored by Sens. Pat Steadman and Lucia Guzman, and Rep. Sue Schafer, passed the Senate last month in a 21-14 vote, according to a news release.  Gov. John Hickenlooper is expected to sign the bill into law and couples will be able to apply for a civil union license starting May 1.

Colorado becomes the 18th state, plus Washington, DC, to offer benefits and obligations to same-sex couples.

 

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