Law Office of Gordon N. Shayne Protects LGBT Couples Applying for Civil Union


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Colorado has legalized the civil union of same-sex couples. The Law Office of Gordon N. Shayne protects the rights of those who are applying for civil union.


[Colorado Springs, 8/8/2017] — Colorado made history on March 13, 2013 when the State Capitol legalized the civil union of LGBT couples. Finally, same-sex couples can enjoy more legal rights under the state’s statutes. The Law Office of Gordon N. Shayne protects these rights for clients who are applying for civil union in Colorado Springs.

 

The Journey toward Common Law Marriage for LGBT Couples

 

In 1975, a Boulder Country Clerk interpreted the phrase “any two persons” in the Colorado statutes as gender neutral. It led to the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex partners. The state’s attorney general eventually issued a contrary opinion, resulting in the invalidation of same-sex marriage.

 

From then on, advocates have been working toward the recognition of civil union between same-sex couples. The court has listened to them; and, after decades of disagreement and deliberation, LGBT couples now enjoy rights and responsibilities under the state’s family law.

 

The Implications of Legalizing LGBT Civil Union

 

The legalization of LGBT civil union has various implications. Same-sex couples now have the right to the following:
• Making emergency and non-emergency medical decisions for their partner;
• Filing a claim based on wrongful death or other state laws regarding spousal status;
• Collecting survivor benefits under workers’ compensation laws;
• Claiming their partner as a dependent of life and health insurance policies;
• Adopting their partner’s child; and
• Refraining from giving a compelled testimony against their partner.

 

Furthermore, the new law grants same-sex couples the right to prenuptial agreements, family leave and public assistance benefits, and domestic abuse protection.

 

Same-sex couples must keep in mind, however that a civil union is not the same as marriage. They may still experience legal challenges regarding their rights, privileges, and protection under Colorado family law.

 

The Law Office of Gordon N. Shayne offers free consultations to individuals who are interested in legal counsel and can financially support the services of an attorney. For legal concerns about LGBT civil union in Colorado, please get in touch with the law firm, today.

 

About Law Office of Gordon N. Shayne

 

The Law Office of Gordon N. Shayne is a family lawyer in Colorado Springs. It focuses on Colorado’s domestic and family law; it has more than 34 years of professional experience to help and protect its clients through various challenging legal situations.

 

Find out more about the law firm’s services at http://www.shaynelaw.com/.




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