People who have obtained civil union licenses since Colorado's new state law went into effect on Wednesday can have their partnerships solemnized for free Saturday at Chautauqua Park.

The Rev. Kristen Hepp, of Colorado Commitments, said people can have their unions officiated on the Chautauqua lawn from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hepp asks that people who have obtained their civil union license from the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder's Office bring those licenses with them.

Colorado's civil union law allows people who enter into such a partnership virtually all of the same legal rights and privileges under state law as married couples.

Through the first two full days of such licensing, Boulder County had issued 75 civil union licenses. At the close of business on Thursday, 20 of those licenses had not yet been certified and returned.

The Colorado civil union law allows for, but does not require, either a ceremony or an officiant, for such a union to be legal.