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Although the US Supreme Court has held that the federal government cannot discriminate against gay and lesbian couples legally married and living in a state that recognizes that marriage, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) couples living in Colorado are not legally recognized as spouses even if they were married in a marriage equality state or country.
Here is a run-down on Colorado law affecting the LGBTQ community:
1 Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships: Recognition of same-sex unions in the U.S. state of Colorado occurs within the framework of designated beneficiary agreements since July 1, 2009 as well as through civil unions since May 1, 2013. Same-sex marriage is banned in the constitution since 2006.
Designated beneficiary agreements grant limited rights, such as hospital and jail visitation rights, funeral arrangements, and death benefits and the right for a surviving partner to be claimed as a next of kin. Same-sex couples can also form civil unions, which provide them rights comparable to those opposite-sex married couples enjoy. The Colorado General Assembly passed legislation for civil unions in March 2013 which took effect on May 1, 2013, making Colorado the third state in which civil unions are open to opposite-sex couples, along with Hawaii and Illinois.
2 Adoption Law: A single person can adopt in Colorado. Second-parent adoptions are permitted under state law,though the process is more elaborate and expensive than that required of married couples.
Catholic adoption agencies do not place children either with single persons or with same-sex couples and have said they will not do so if the state enacts civil unions.
3 Anti-Discrimination Law: In Colorado, it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, housing, public accommodations, education and credit. The state’s hate crimes law has provided protection based on both sexual orientation and gender identity or expression since 2001.
4 Sodomy Law: In 1971 Colorado revised its penal code and repealed the state’s ban on sodomy in cases involved non-commercial, private acts between consenting adults. At the same time it instituted a public indecency law that banned public displays of affection between same-sex couples. The Colorado Supreme Court struck down that statute in 1974.
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