Colorado has passed a bill to legalize sexless non-marital, nonmonogamy marriages, but it has the same problems as other states that have passed similar laws.
The bill, SB 1134, will make Colorado the first state in the nation to legalize marriage in a marriage license that does not require a same-sex couple to get married.
But the state faces an uphill battle.
A new study by the Human Rights Campaign found that only 22 percent of Colorado voters supported the measure, and that even if the bill passed, it would be up to judges to interpret it.
The law would allow gay couples to get a marriage certificate without getting married in Colorado.
“We are seeing an increasing number of states making changes to the traditional definition of marriage in recent years,” said Chad Griffin, legislative counsel for the Human Right Campaign.
“It seems that there is a lot of confusion about what the traditional meaning of marriage is in the eyes of voters.”
The bill passed the state Senate on Monday, and the House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday.
It was signed by Gov.
John Hickenlooper, who called the bill “a big step forward.”
“I believe this law protects marriage from discrimination and protects families from discrimination, and I will continue to fight for this bill in the statehouse,” Hickenlop said in a statement.
The legislation will take effect in 2018.
“In Colorado, we have been at the forefront of embracing our LGBT community, supporting marriage equality and protecting marriage in all forms and forms of relationships,” Hinklooper said.
“I am proud to sign SB 1174 into law and look forward to working with all lawmakers to ensure it becomes law and is fully implemented.”