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    Colorado Approves Civil Unions

    DENVER, CO - MAY 1: Anna (L) and Fran Simon, both of Denver, Colorado, are the first same-sex couple to be issued a Civil Union license at a midnight ceremony in the Denver Office of the Clerk and Recorder, at the Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building on May 1, 2013 in Denver, Co. Colorado is the eighth state to have civil unions or similar laws implemented, permitting unmarried couples, both gay and heterosexual, the ability to form civil unions and get similar rights to those of married couples.  (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)

    Midnight civil-union ceremony in Colorado on Wednesday. (Marc Piscotty/Getty)

    Nothing like some midnight parties to kick off May Day. Hundreds of gay and lesbian couples held midnight civil-union ceremonies in Denver on Wednesday after a new law allowing the unions went into effect at 12:01 a.m. As the clock struck midnight, cheers broke out at Denver’s Wellington E. Webb government building, and the celebration wasn’t dampened by the reality that Colorado has a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock performed many of the first ceremonies, along with U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette and municipal judges and religious officiates. The first couple to wed were Fran and Anna Simon, who have spent years campaigning for same-sex marriage and civil unions. “I didn’t know what to expect,” Fran said. “I just expected being with Anna.”

    Read it at Denver Post