Colorado Domestic Partner Benefits laws & HR compliance analysis

Colorado Domestic Partner Benefits: What you need to know

In October 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a decision by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upholding district court decisions that struck down state bans on same-sex marriage. Following the action by the U.S. Supreme Court, a stay on a separate federal district court decision striking down the same-sex marriage ban in Colorado was lifted, making same-sex marriage legal in Colorado (Burns v. Hickenlooper,No. 14-cv-01817-RM-KLM (D. Colo. 2014)).
The U.S. Supreme Court subsequently issued a decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all states and requiring all states to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other jurisdictions (Obergefell v. Hodges, No. 14-556 (6/26/15)).
Reciprocity. Same-sex and opposite-sex marriages legally performed in other jurisdictions are recognized as legal marriages in Colorado.
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The Colorado Civil Union Act allows any two unmarried adults, regardless of gender, to enter into a civil union (CO Rev. Stat. Sec. 14-15-101 et seq.). Couples in a civil union are provided the same legal rights, benefits, protections, and responsibilities as married couples. The Act does not invalidate an otherwise valid domestic partnership agreement or civil contract between two unmarried individuals. A couple that has a designated beneficiary agreement may enter into a civil union if otherwise eligible. The civil union certificate is considered a superseding legal document that invalidates the designated beneficiary agreement.
To establish a civil union under the Act, the parties to the civil union must satisfy the following criteria:
• Both must be at least 18 years old, regardless of gender,
• Neither is a party to another civil union, and
• Neither is married to ...

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