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KUSA - With less than 48 hours to go until Colorado's civil unions law takes effect on May 1, LGBT advocacy group One Colorado is preparing to hold events statewide - beginning with a midnight event on May at the Webb Building in downtown Denver to welcome couples and offer civil union ceremonies performed by qualified religious and civil officiants, including Denver MAyor Michael Hancock.

The ceremonies will be provided from midnight until 2 a.m. in the atrium of the Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building in conjunction with the Clerk and Recorder's Office being open from midnight to 3 a.m. to issue licenses to Colorado couples wishing to be among the first enter into a civil union.

The Colfax entrance of the atrium will open at 10:30 p.m. to the general public.

On May 1 in Colorado Springs, from 6 to 7 p.m., One Colorado will hold civil union ceremonies on the stairs of City Hall at 107 N. Nevada Ave. with Rev. Nori Rost of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church and Rev. Wes Mullins of Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church. A community reception beginning at 7 p.m. will immediately follow at the Underground at 110 N. Nevada Ave. with cake and music.

That same evening, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., One Colorado will also host a community reception celebrating civil unions in Grand Junction. The event will be held in the gymnasium of the Center For Independence at 740 Gunnison Ave. and cake and music will be provided.

"In every corner of our state, loving, committed couples have been waiting for 10, 20, and sometimes even 40 years to have the tools needed to protect each other and their families," Brad Clark, executive director of One Colorado, said. "On May 1, that long wait finally comes to an end - and we are proud to mark this crucial victory with community celebrations across Colorado."

Find out how to apply for a civil-union license here, http://bit.ly/13XeDZu.