Colorado... did you know?

  • DCEric

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    Apr 16, 2009 2:10 AM GMT
    I'm sorry Colorado, I couldn't hear you over the sound of how awesome Iowa and Vermont are. Colorado passed a Reciprocal Beneficiary law (effectively Domestic Partnerships, but using the same name Hawaii used. This generated almost no news. No news to the point that after searching for the last half hour I can't even find the vote totals for the House and Senate (I can find the committee votes).

    Has this become so mainstream that it is no longer going to cause a media circus when another state legalizes some form of same sex recognition shy of marriage? Then again, I have yet to see a post on RJ about it. Have we also become so complacent?
  • DCEric

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    Apr 16, 2009 9:35 PM GMT
    Interesting that no one on RJ has anything to say about winning rights in the land of Focus on the Family.
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    Apr 16, 2009 9:47 PM GMT
    I had thought someone mentioned it in one of the other threads for Vermont and Iowa? Maybe the DC thread? *shrugs*
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    Apr 16, 2009 9:49 PM GMT
    Man, what a change from the brief time I lived there in '92 just in time for Amendment 2, the law stripping Gays of Equal Protection, to be passed.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 16, 2009 10:42 PM GMT
    This is very good news and it means that the beautiful, scenic state of Colorado is starting to move in the right direction in terms of gay rights. There is still a lot of hard work to do but at least Colorado is starting to realize how wrong focus on the family really is on this issue. Probably it is from all the hypocrisy from focus on the family members with their typical right wing "do as I say and not as I do" attitude.
  • ROYCE13

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    Apr 16, 2009 10:58 PM GMT
    It seems that as the laws are in place they are out again, or we get partial information about the finality of the legislation so we kind of take it seriously when we know it is final, and maybe it has not been widely reported on yet.

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    Apr 16, 2009 11:06 PM GMT
    colorado? really


    well too bad i might be gone before anything like that happens
  • DCEric

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    Apr 17, 2009 1:49 AM GMT
    ROYCE13 saidIt seems that as the laws are in place they are out again, or we get partial information about the finality of the legislation so we kind of take it seriously when we know it is final, and maybe it has not been widely reported on yet.


    Its final, signed and goes into effect July 1st.

    Everyone is missing the point though... why isn't this news either within the community, or the media?
  • pandx970

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    Apr 17, 2009 2:36 AM GMT
    DCEric said
    ROYCE13 saidIt seems that as the laws are in place they are out again, or we get partial information about the finality of the legislation so we kind of take it seriously when we know it is final, and maybe it has not been widely reported on yet.


    Its final, signed and goes into effect July 1st.

    Everyone is missing the point though... why isn't this news either within the community, or the media?


    probably because in colorado right now there's a huge transgender murder case going on in a small northern colorado cow-town. i hate to call Greeley such, but it is home to the stockyards and the processing and rendering plants for Monfort (or whatever it's called now).

    sadly though, the law that is to be enacted in July is for "designated beneficiary agreements". to my understanding, this can be entered into by two consenting near-strangers, by two roommates, or by two happily-shacked gay men or women. what i understand is that it deals with end-of-life agreements and is the legal terminology for the agreement about end-of-life estate, inheritance, property and medical decisions as well as insurance and other benefits disbursement.

    though i'd like to think that it's a huge step toward equal recognition or equal protection of our queer relationships...it still feels like just one stepping stone along the way to fuller and more equal and more egalitarian legal, political and social system.
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    Apr 17, 2009 2:41 AM GMT
    DCEric said
    ROYCE13 saidIt seems that as the laws are in place they are out again, or we get partial information about the finality of the legislation so we kind of take it seriously when we know it is final, and maybe it has not been widely reported on yet.


    Its final, signed and goes into effect July 1st.

    Everyone is missing the point though... why isn't this news either within the community, or the media?



    nobody cares?
  • ep83

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    Apr 17, 2009 3:07 AM GMT
    Sadly the Reciprocal Beneficiary law is nothing close to domestic partnerships. Pandx is right, it concerns things like end of life decisions, inheritance, and receiving of remains. While those are all important, it is just a drop in the bucket. It also can be entered into by any two people, not just a committed couple, which also dilutes the effect.

    Colorado had a Domestic Partnership ballot referendum (Referendum I) in 2006, but it lost in a close vote. It passed the legislature, but because it was too politically sensitive (and then-Gov. Owens would have vetoed it) it was placed on the ballot rather than being submitted to the governor for signature (that's one of the crazy ways we do things here).

    Unfortunately Colorado, while no longer the "Hate State" it was in the days of Amendment 2, has a marriage amendment that would need to be repealed (or overturned, which could be possible given what happened to Amendment 2-struck down by the CO Supreme Court as violating Equal Protection (affirmed by the SCOTUS), though I'm in a minority in thinking this would even be legally plausible, let alone possible).

    However, it really didn't make much of a blip on the radar here. National polls routinely show support for equal rights (short of the marriage label) polling at 60% or higher. The only people who make a fuss are the increasingly irrelevant and hysterical religious fanatics. As acceptance grows they become more panicked and desperate, driving more people into our camp.
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    Apr 17, 2009 3:15 AM GMT
    Google search results for "Colorado Reciprocal Beneficiary law"
    GoogleYour search - colorado Reciprocal Beneficiary law - did not match any documents.


    You are right Eric, WTF? Even if these laws aren't as smashing as Domestic Partnerships it still deserves a little fanfare.
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    Apr 17, 2009 3:46 AM GMT
    DCEric saidI'm sorry Colorado, I couldn't hear you over the sound of how awesome Iowa and Vermont are. Colorado passed a Reciprocal Beneficiary law (effectively Domestic Partnerships, but using the same name Hawaii used. This generated almost no news. No news to the point that after searching for the last half hour I can't even find the vote totals for the House and Senate (I can find the committee votes).

    Has this become so mainstream that it is no longer going to cause a media circus when another state legalizes some form of same sex recognition shy of marriage? Then again, I have yet to see a post on RJ about it. Have we also become so complacent?


    You probably can't find it, because you are using the wrong term; it is not the "Reciprocal Beneficiary law", it's the "Designated Beneficiary Agreement Act", House Bill 1260.

    http://www.denverpost.com/search/ci_12111465

    http://coloradoindependent.com/26266/supporters-applaud-ritter-for-signing-designated-beneficiary-agreement-act

  • DCEric

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    Apr 17, 2009 11:53 PM GMT
    For the argument that the law is weak, it is very similar to the Maryland law- which did make news.

    Thanks NakedDevil.