Ryan Parsell, spokesperson for the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office, says the county is prepared to begin granting civil unions May 1. If you follow these steps, it should be a pretty pain-free process:
1) Gather your papers. You'll need a valid ID (driver's license, state-issued ID, passport or military ID) and $30 per couple (cash or credit card). If you were previously married or entered into a civil union, you must provide the date, location and type of court in which the previous union was dissolved. If you are widowed, you must provide proof of death of your previous partner.
2) Head to a clerk's location. You have four choices: Citizens Service Center, at 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road; Centennial Hall, at 200 S. Cascade Ave.; Southeast Powers, on the corner of Powers Boulevard and Airport Road; or North Union Town Center, at 8830 N. Union Blvd. Couples are encouraged to go to the Citizens Service Center, since it is the largest location.
3) Decide what kind of ceremony you want. Couples who don't want to mess around can complete a civil union at the clerk's office in a single visit. Those planning a separate ceremony can pick up an application and license, then have the judge, or whomever is performing the service, certify the union within 35 days. If you choose the ceremony option, you'll need to return the paperwork to the clerk's office within 63 days.
4) Hooray! You're union-ed! Make sure to give your partner a smooch.