It wasn't so long ago that a handful of Vermont legislators in a shabby Statehouse committee room struggled over what to call their proposal to give marriage-like rights to the state's gay and lesbian residents.
Democrat Howard Dean, governor at the time, had already made clear he'd veto any legislation labeled "marriage." Suggestions like "domestic partner relationship" were too clunky; "civil accord," they decided, evoked a car model.
Governor John Hickenlooper gives the crowd a thumbs up after signing the civil unions measure into law. He's flanked by Democratic supporters of the bill
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Colorado is now the eighth state in the country to allow same sex couples to enter into a civil union. Governor John Hickenlooper signed the measure into law Thursday in front of an enthusiastic crowd.