01/04/10 Denver Daily News
In November, a narrow majority of Washington voters approved Referendum 71, upholding the state's new domestic partnership law. Same-sex couples who register domestic partnerships have all the rights and duties of marriage. A Yakima, Washington, news station reports that "more than 6,000 couples in Washington have registered as of today," and that the number of registrations doubles each week.
Coloradans For Family Equality have filed a proposed initiative with the Colorado Secretary of State - the Colorado Civil Union Benefits and Responsibilities Act. The proposed initiative represents another attempt to adopt a controversial legal status for same-sex relationships that parallels the legal status of marriage. Some marriage equality supporters fault the parallel status as a "separate-but-equal" regime; others justify their advocacy for it as a means to ultimately advance marriage equality. Explaining his position, Joseph Soto, the initiative’s lead proponent, told the Denver Daily News,
It’s a tenet of civil rights for LGBT people in Colorado. So it’s important because I just feel like Colorado is up to the task of granting civil rights to LGBT Coloradans.Soto's organization hopes to complete the review process and begin collecting signatures in the next several months.