1. ‘HATE STATE’ NO MORE

    Colorado Legalizes Same-Sex Civil Unions

    Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper after signing the Civil Unions Act on Thursday. (Brennan Linsley/AP)

    It’s been a big week for Colorado. First Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a landmark gun-control legislation; now he’s legalized same-sex civil unions. Ending Colorado’s 20-year reputation as the “hate state,” Hickenlooper signed the Colorado Civil Union Act into law Thursday as onlookers cheered and cried with joy. “The gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual community is part of all of us,” Hickenlooper said as he signed the bill at Denver’s History Colorado museum. “There is no excuse that people shouldn’t have the same rights.”

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