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 ...