May 2, 2013 6:20 PM by Maddie Garrett

First Day of Civil Unions in El Paso County

In El Paso County, the first day of civil unions got off to a modest start. There were no ceremonies at 8:00 a.m. at the clerk and recorders office, just a about a dozen same-sex couples coming in to get their civil union license.


It took about 15 minutes and few signatures to make history.  Bryan See and Pat Idoux were the first couple to get a civil union license in El Paso County, and they didn’t even know they would be the first ones.


“We certainly didn't plan on it,” said See.  “We just wanted to get in line early, in case it was long.”


See and Idoux are like many couples going to get their civil union license Wednesday, they have been together for more than a decade and made commitments to each other many years ago.


Still, to make their commitment a legal matter, giving them rights they’ve never had before, was important.


"It is kind of a big deal, I didn't really think it was going to be a big deal until I saw the gold seal on there,” said See smiling.


They might have been the first, but won’t be the last to get a civil union.  But being a conservative part of the state, El Paso County didn’t see as many gay and lesbian couples signing on the dotted line.


"I know Colorado Springs is a little different and maybe we wouldn't have as many people as Denver, but it's nice to know we're not the only ones that had it written in our planners to show up on May 1st,” said Dara Hoffman.


When Governor Hickenlooper signed civil unions into law, Hoffman and longtime parter, Lauren Fox, knew they would be at the clerk and recorders office.  They not only wanted to mark a day in their own history, but Colorado’s as well.


"We made it happen so we could be here as that community, as a part of those couples, here on the very first day,” said Fox.

Maddie Garrett
Multi-Media JournalistKOAA News 5mgarrett@koaa.comCell: (972)333-6323


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