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Civil unions photos: Meet four couples who made it legal last night

Last night was a big step forward in the march toward equality for all Coloradans. At midnight, the long-sought civil-unions measure became law, and attendees of a One Colorado-sponsored celebration at the McNichols Building Civic Center and other couples who began lining up hours earlier headed to the Webb Building to have their commitment to each other formalized in the eyes of the state. Our Kyle Huninghake was on hand to witness the love and to talk to some of the first Coloradans to go through the ceremony. Look below to see photos and interviews.

Colleen Mintz & Jeanne Fischetti:

Colleen Mintz and Jeanne Fischetti.
Colleen Mintz and Jeanne Fischetti.
Photo by Kyle Huninghake

Westword: Will anything feel different after tonight?

Jeanne Fischetti: It will feel different tomorrow, to have legal protection and recognition.

Colleen Mintz: It will feel the same between us, though.

WW: What's it like having something that for the rest of us is a private, intimate ceremony thrown out into the public sphere like this?

CM: I feel proud. This is something historic, and I'm proud to be here.

WW: How long do you think it will take to make the next step forward for gay rights?

JF: I think we'll be able to get married soon.

CM: We're hoping it's within the next five years.

Civil unions photos: Meet four couples who made it legal last night
Photo by Kyle Huninghake

For more photos, visit our full civil unions slide show.

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Gary Raymond and Chris Clark:

Gary Raymond and Chris Clark.
Gary Raymond and Chris Clark.
Photo by Kyle Huninghake

Westword: What will have changed after tonight?

Gary Raymond: This is the first step toward official recognition of our rights.

Chris Clark: It is a historical moment.

GR: It's funny that in 2013 we're still fighting to all have the same rights. We're all drinking from the same water fountain.

CC: Yeah, I mean if you think about back in the '70s, they had to fight a lot harder than we do.

WW: How long have you been together?

GR and CC: Twenty years.

WW: What will it take to keep making progress on this issue?

CC: People need to see that we're equal among the population.

GR: Fourteen countries recognize same-sex marriage, and it's going to filter down. After a while, people realize that the populace isn't scared. Two generations from now, people will wonder, "Wow, what was the big deal?"

Civil unions photos: Meet four couples who made it legal last night
Photo by Kyle Huninghake

For more photos, visit our full civil unions slide show.

Continue to meet more couples who made it legal last night.

David Hussie and Andrew McKinney:

David Hussie and Andrew McKinney.
David Hussie and Andrew McKinney.
Photo by Kyle Huninghake

Westword: Will tonight change anything for you two?

David Hussie: We'll feel more legally secure.

Andrew McKinney: Yes, we feel more comfortable now that we'll be recognized by the state.

WW: What's it like having something that for the rest of us is a private, intimate ceremony thrown out into the public sphere like this?

DH: At our age, it's okay. We don't mind it.

WW: How long will it take to achieve the next step -- marriage?

DH: I think it will take four years or so.

WW: When you heard that civil unions in Colorado would be made legal, how long did it take to decide that you two would try for one?

AM: We knew almost immediately. We've been together two years, and it was an easy decision.

Civil unions photos: Meet four couples who made it legal last night
Photo by Kyle Huninghake
Civil unions photos: Meet four couples who made it legal last night
Photo by Kyle Huninghake
Civil unions photos: Meet four couples who made it legal last night
Photo by Kyle Huninghake
Civil unions photos: Meet four couples who made it legal last night
Photo by Kyle Huninghake

For more photos, visit our full civil unions slide show.

Continue to meet more couples who made it legal last night.

Angie Boggs and Julie Troglia:

Angie Boggs and Julie Troglia.
Angie Boggs and Julie Troglia.
Photo by Kyle Huninghake

Westword: How will you feel after all this?

Julie Troglia: It really won't feel any different tomorrow.

Angie Boggs: We've been together ten years, so it feels like we've been married already.

JT: Our relationship is not defined by the law, but protection is definitely important.

WW: What's it like having something that for the rest of us is a private, intimate ceremony thrown out into the public sphere like this?

AB: I feel pride. I feel strong seeing normal people out for this cause.

JT: These things are good visibility for the community. I'd like to see a step in the right direction on a federal level.

AB: This is a good step, though, for the life we've built.

WW: Does it feel like we've turned a corner?

JT: Yes, definitely. This whole last year feels like we've turned a corner. We were glad not to see any protesters outside.

WW: What would you say to them, if they were there?

JT: If you don't like gay marriage, don't have one.

AB: Gay people are never going to go away.

For more photos, visit our full civil unions slide show.

More from our Politics archive circa March: "Civil unions bill on way to governor's desk, One Colorado plans celebration event."


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