Unlike his counterparts in Boulder and Denver counties, the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder elected not to open at midnight Wednesday to issue civil-union licenses at the first possible minute. But others here have stepped up to commemorate a historic occasion.
One Colorado has invited couples entering a civil union to do so as part of a public ceremony at the Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. (This had been scheduled for the steps of Colorado Springs City Hall until bad weather forecasts intervened.) Proceedings start at 6, led by the Rev. Nori Rost of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church and the Rev. Wes Mullins of Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church. While One Colorado expects between five and seven couples to participate, anyone is invited to witness.
After that, you can head next door to Venue 515 and enjoy free beer (from Bristol Brewing Co.) and wine (from the BAC itself); Buffalo Gals food for sale; live music from Lipstick Voodoo; and a chance to win, via raffle, a four-hour photo session from Teresa Lee Photography. (A $10 cash donation is requested.) Or visit the Underground, 110 N. Nevada Ave., for a reception with cake, live music and more.