The fizzy celebration of the passage of civil-union legislation in Colorado is over, and now some same-sex couples are taking a sober look at what the historic new law means.
Carmah Lawler and Kathy Glass of Lakewood, now in their 80s, have been partners for decades. Although they testified at the legislature on behalf of equality for years, they greeted the news with restraint.
"After 35 years, it's not a matter of leaping into a civil union," Lawler said. "I think we have to be far more cautious till we know what the Supreme Court and the federal government is going to do."