Colorado's civil unions law went into effect at 12:01 am last night and hundreds of couples were lined up to celebrate and take part in the state's first legal recognition of their relationships.
The Denver Post reports:
Mayor Michael Hancock performed many of the first ceremonies, along with U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, municipal judges and religious officiants at multiple stations to move through the crowd in the early morning hours.
Fran and Anna Simon, who have campaigned for same-sex marriage and civil unions for years, were the first in Denver to get a license and the first to have a ceremony.
Shutters snapped, lights flashed and TV cameramen jockeyed for space as the couples made their way through the Webb Building's glassy atrium. People crowded thick around them, like a scene from the red carpet on Oscar night.
Above, the Simons (with son Jeremy), the first couple to get a civil union in Denver.
Watch local news reports and see a few more photos, AFTER THE JUMP...
(photos jon monteith one colorado)