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SB 2 - Authorizes Civil Unions - Colorado Key Vote

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Title: Authorizes Civil Unions

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that defines marriage and authorizes civil unions, effective October 12, 2012.


  • Defines "marriage" as the legally-recognized union of 1 man and 1 woman" (Sec. 2).
  • Specifies that a civil union is a legal relationship established by two people to receive benefits and responsibilities comparable to spousal benefits and responsibilities which include, but are not limited to, the following (Sec. 2):
    • Financial support;
    • Workers' compensation benefits;
    • Responsibilities relating to adoption;
    • Health insurance coverage and life insurance benefits;
    • Domestic abuse program benefits;
    • Public assistance benefits;
    • Decisions relating to emergency and nonemergency medical care; and
    • Decisions relating to disposition of last remains.
  • Requires both parties in a civil union to meet the following eligibility criteria (Sec. 2):
    • Both parties are over the age of 18, regardless of their gender;
    • Neither party is under guardianship;
    • Neither party is party to another civil union; and
    • Neither party is married.
  • Prohibits individuals from entering into a civil union with any of the following individuals (Sec. 2):
    • An ancestor;
    • A descendant;
    • A brother or sister;
    • An aunt or uncle; or
    • A niece or nephew.
  • Authorizes private child placement agencies to refuse to place a child in foster care or adoption when the proposed placement of a child with persons who have entered into a civil union violates the agency’s written religious or moral convictions or policies (Sec. 2).
  • Specifies that a partner in a civil union may be considered a dependent, including designation as a dependent for insurance purposes, effective January 1, 2013 (Sec. 7).