Same-Sex Couples Celebrate Civil Unions in Colorado

These were the first couples in the state of Colorado to receive their license for a civil union.

Civil unions are now legal for same-sex couples across Colorado.

As the clock struck midnight, hundreds of gay couples lined up in Denver and Boulder to take part in civil union ceremonies.

The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office began recording civil unions on Wednesday at 8 a.m. The director of Colorado Springs Pride tells 11 News there has been a lot of anticipation and excitement in the gay community leading up to May 1.

“I think the most important part is finally committed couples that have been waiting 10, 20, even 30 years can now be at least civil unioned in Colorado Springs,” said Charles Irwin, executive director of Colorado Springs Pride.

In the evening, nearly 20 couples took part in a mass civil union ceremony in Manitou Springs at Black Cat Books.

11 News talked to one lesbian couple that has been together for 22 years, and are excited to now have their partnership legally recognized.

"She now has some legal protections that I was concerned about before, and now hopefully they've been eliminated," Marian Stone said about her partner Susan Youngworth.

Governor Hickenlooper signed the bill into law back in March; that law went into effect May 1.