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BeitAni

BeitAni

Note: BeitAni uses the gender-neutral pronouns xe, xyr, xem. Accordingly, the piece below uses xe, xyr, xem in place of she/he, her/his, her/him. Originally from rural Wisconsin, in 1997 BeitAni hitched a ride to Colorado as a young adult in search of a supportive community. Xe was relieved to find that community in Denver, learningRead more >>

Tony & Jim

Tony & Jim

On October 11, 2008, Tony and Jim were one of the fortunate 13,000 couples to be legally married in California before the passage of Proposition 8. The joint ceremony—Tony’s uncle Alberto also married his partner of 30 years, Brian—was the first same-sex wedding at the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, CA, a beautifulRead more >>

Shanna & Leo

Shanna & Leo

Shanna had just finished teaching a class when Leo walked up with a couple of questions. The conversation sparked a love that has lasted for four years. Shanna is a Colorado native who works in development and community relations for a local Head Start Montessori school. Leo moved to Denver to pursue a Master’s degreeRead more >>

Christine & Theresa

Christine & Theresa

Why are civil unions important in Colorado? Because of committed couples like Christine and Theresa. Watch their story. **A big “thank you” goes out to Daniel Gonzales for working with Christine and Theresa to create this video (and big thanks to Christine and Theresa as well).

Ken & Lance

Ken & Lance

Ken, a native Coloradan, and Lance have been together for over 12 years, and they want their relationship to be recognized in the state where they’re spending their lives. Why are civil unions important to them? Because they’re fathers to two young sons, Denavian and Damian. Denavian and Damian are fun-loving boys who love theirRead more >>

Courtney & Sonja

Courtney & Sonja

Courtney and Sonja can only agree on one thing about how they first met – it was in Boulder in 2002. But the couple didn’t start dating until 2006, when they reconnected after moving to New York City. Two years after reconnecting, Courtney and Sonja sealed their love in a ceremony with friends and familyRead more >>

Tim & Ken

Tim & Ken

Tim and Ken live in Fort Collins and have been together for more than four decades. They’ve built a family, a home, and a life together. But Tim and Ken lack the critical legal protections they need to take care of and be responsible for one another. Civil unions would change that for committed couplesRead more >>

Grandpas John and Gary

Grandpas John and Gary

John Ferguson knew that Gary Santangelo was the man for him as he watched Gary interacting with his children at a neighbor’s birthday party. They had met just recently, introduced by a mutual friend. John had at that time been out for only a year, and was uncertain that he’d have success in finding someoneRead more >>