Governor Bill Ritter quietly signed a bill into law last Monday that will allow gay and lesbian state employees to share health benefits with their partners in the same way married couples already can. It’s one of a long list of state measures in recent years that grant additional protections and benefits to domestic partners. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.

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