The Denver city council is considering a measure that would allow unmarried couples, including gay and lesbian partners, to register their partnerships at city hall. Denver would join Boulder, California, and 35 other cities in 25 states nationwide with such a registry.
The registry would not constitute a marriage or even a common-law marriage, and would not affect inheritance rights. However, it would provide documentation for insurance, hospital visits, and medical decisions. The measure would also cover senior couples that chose not to marry because they would lose Social Security or other benefits.