Civil Unions 101 with Mindy Barton
This week, we have the opportunity to listen to a recording of Civil Unions 101, hosted by the Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Denver Chapter. The discussion panel consists of Mindy Barton, Legal Director of the GLBT Center of Colorado, Wade Frisbie of Trilogy Financial and a member of the PFLAG Advisory Board, and Erica Johnson, Attorney at Law with Ambler and Keenan, LLC. The recording has been edited into a section for each presenter and a discussion session.
First in the series, this podcast features Mindy Barton giving an overview of the progress that has been made since the 1996 passage of DOMA on the federal level. She covers Amendment 43 defining Colorado marriage, Proposition I and the designated beneficiary agreement. With the passage of Civil Unions, she gives an overview of the filing requirement within Colorado.
Separate but Equal
One of the most common criticisms of the Colorado Civil Union Act is that either a designated beneficiary contract between two people is good enough and/or civil unions are nothing more than marriage by another name. Here we compare and contrast the three and some of the rights and protections they afford Coloradoans.
Designated Beneficiary Benefits Include: bequeathing assets and medical decisions for partner.
Civil Unions Benefits Include: all of the above and dissolution of joint assests; adoption and child custody; and the ability to apply for protection from domestic violence.
Marriage Benefits Include: all of the above and are recognized in other states and allow for joint filing of income taxes.
More information is available through the GLBT Center of Colorado, http://www.glbtcolorado.org/legaladvocacy/civil-unions-in-colorado/.
Here you will find the Legal Helpline and more about Civil Unions in Colorado.