Erika Highstead and Sarah Musick celebrate their civil union.

Erika Highstead and Sarah Musick celebrate their civil union.

Yesterday, the first day Colorado’s civil unions law went into effect, 20 same-sex couples, their friends and relatives packed into a Manitou Springs art space for a public ceremony. KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

DOWNLOAD

By the power vested in us by the state of Colorado…

Some couples say they waited decades for this. It’s not the full marriage equality they wanted, but they said their “I dos,” exchanged rings and held a certificate that Colorado says is equivalent to marriage. The clergy-led ceremony was meant to be on the steps of Colorado Springs City Hall, but was moved indoors due to snow.

Sarah Musick and Erika Highstead weren’t disappointed. They’ve been together seven years, and they already considered themselves married. But Musick says the ceremony meant something.

“It was WAY more powerful than we expected it be. We had even said it was a formality, “tonight is a formality. It’s the paperwork” But it was way more than paperwork. We didn’t realize it until we were here experiencing it. Big stuff.”

They’ve lived through the nightmare of unmarried couples: One was in an intensive care unit, unconscious. The other was barred from the room. They later got legal documents to protect each other in extreme situations, but they say the civil union certificate gives them peace of mind. More so because now Highstead is pregnant.

The state legislature passed the civil unions measure in March after a divisive battle and special session last year failed to get a similar bill passed.

 

Comments are closed.

News

AP
August 23, 2017 | KUT-FM · U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos issued the injunction, writing that changes did not “fully ameliorate” the law’s “discriminatory intent.” She had struck down the original law in 2014.
 

AFP/Getty Images
August 23, 2017 | NPR · An Amnesty International report depicts the terrors faced by the Syrian civilians trapped by ISIS fighters. Among those terrors: errant airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition pushing to liberate them.
 

August 23, 2017 | NPR · State wildlife officials have asked the public to catch as many of the non-native Atlantic salmon as they can after an estimated 5,000 escaped from an aquaculture farm.
 

Arts & Life

Getty Images
August 23, 2017 | NPR · The gritty pulp thriller follows a small-time criminal trying to get his brother out of jail after a bank robbery gone wrong. It’s directed by brothers Josh and Benny Safdie.
 

August 23, 2017 | NPR · Karl Ove Knausgaard — famed for his epic memoir My Struggle — goes for short and sweet in Autumn, a meditative seasonal reflection. But while there are lovely moments, the book strays into banality.
 

Courtesy of ESPN Films
August 23, 2017 | NPR · Carter High School is really an afterthought in Friday Night Lights — the thug-like football team that stole the state title. A new film follows Carter’s rise to the top, and its fall from grace.
 

Music

AP
August 23, 2017 | NPR · The CEO of the company that runs Chuck E. Cheese pizza parlors says its animatronic house band simply can’t live up to the expectations that kids today have for entertainment.
 

August 23, 2017 | NPR · John Abercrombie helped define the sound of jazz guitar: from jazz-rock fusion to funky organ combos to the distinctive less-is-more sound he created on dozens of albums for the ECM label.
 

Courtesy of ECM Records
August 23, 2017 | WBGO · Abercrombie began forming his style in Boston while attending Berklee in the mid-’60s, eventually helping to redefine the lines between jazz, fusion and rock.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab