With the passage of the Colorado Civil Union Act, the Colorado General Assembly provided thousands of committed couples with legal protections and responsibilities. The bill went into effect on May, 1, 2013.
Wednesday, the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, and made a ruling in the Prop 8 case-- California’s ban on gay marriage.
Wednesday's U.S. Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage won’t have a direct impact on Colorado law but that doesn’t mean the rulings, which overturned the federal Defense of Marriage Act and cleared the way for gay marriage to resume in California, won’t be felt here, too.
Any day now, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule in two historic cases that have to do with gay marriage. One tests the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA.
At the stroke of midnight, civil unions became the law of the land in Colorado.