In the first two days of civil union licenses being issued in Boulder County under the new state law that took effect Wednesday, more than twice as many female couples as male couples have certified their unions, a gender split some had predicted.
As of the close of business Thursday, 38 female couples had obtained civil union licenses and turned in completed certificates. Only 16 male couples had done so.
Another 19 couples so far have obtained licenses but not yet turned in their completed certificates, and their genders were not available.
That matches the gender division that was forecast prior to Wednesday. The prediction was based both on advance sign-ups registered by the LGBT advocacy group Out Boulder and on the apparent disparity in the number of women and men who had attended informational seminars concerning the new law.
The first couple to register their civil union in Boulder County was Bonnie Lloyd and Pattea Carpenter, of Louisville. Lloyd said she could only speculate as to what was behind the gender split.
"There's a part of me that just believes that, the way that we're raised in our society, and my experience in the (LGBT) community, that women tend to really want and desire to have a monogamous one-on-one relationship," Lloyd said.
Lloyd hastened to add that she has known plenty of men also who want such relationships.
However, she said, "I think we could correlate it with the same way, more as a matter of biology, women having that desire to have children -- not all women -- but many, many do, and I don't think men quite feel that, the same way."
Civil unions became law at 12 a.m. Wednesday, as a result of SB 13-011 being passed by the state Legislature earlier this year and Gov. John Hickenlooper signing the measure into law March 21.
It provides couples in a civil union virtually all the same privileges and benefits under state law as those who are married, except for not having the right to file joint state tax returns.
Denver was the only other county in Colorado to open its offices late Tuesday night, issuing 114 licenses during the nighttime session, then another 38 during the daytime hours Wednesday.
Denver clerk and recorder's spokeswoman Nancy Reubert said firm numbers on the gender split in Denver were not yet available. However, she added, "Their impression -- and this is just an impression -- is that there was about a 70-30 split; 70 (percent) female, 30 male."
As for Lloyd and Carpenter, they are enjoying their new status as a couple in a state-recognized civil union.
"It feels very different for both of us," Lloyd said. "We were caught by surprise because we were already in a committed relationship. But now there's this feeling of very deep belonging that this has created for us.
"I didn't think there was anything that could cement this relationship more than what's already transpired, and this has. We are both on cloud nine."
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