Amy and I are officially domestically partnered in the City of Denver and the State of Colorado! Here's how it went:
Amy picked me up from work, and we went to the Clerk and Recorder's office in the beautiful Webb Municipal Building downtown.
As we went through the metal detectors, we asked the officers where the Clerk and Recorder's office was and they pointed us in the right direction. As we were walking away, we could overhear them talking about the need for domestic partner registration, since it didn't really provide for much in terms of legal protections in the state of Colorado. Amy and I looked at each other, smiled, and a part of me couldn't help but agree with them. To be honest, they were right. There was really no need for us (in the legal sense) to register as domestic partners aside for the need for Amy to get on my health insurance. But we took the plunge.
There were a few other couples in the Clerk and Recorder's Office. We signed in and were called immediately to a separate window from the "Marriage License" counter ("separate but equal is not equal" kept crossing my mind). The woman at the window (I think it just said "Clerk and Recorder" above it, but I could be mistaken) was friendly, asked us if we were in any other domestic partnership or marriage with anyone else or in any other state, asked us for our ID's, and printed up a document for us to sign. Once we signed the "Certificate of Committed Partnership," a copy for the Office, and the Deputy signed both documents, we were official!
We went to Gaycine's (Racine's) to celebrate! Where else in Denver would a newly domestically partnered couple go to celebrate their Domestic Partnership?