The Designated Beneficiary Agreement Act was passed last month in the state House of Representatives and the Senate. The new law, which will take effect on July 1, will permit any two people - regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity - to enter into designated beneficiary agreements that confer specific legal rights and responsibilities, including the right to receive state employee pension benefits, the right to make medical decisions for an incapacitated partner, and the right to inherit if a partner dies without a will.
This is great, because there are people who aren't married who should have these rights. It's not just LGBT people (although it includes LGBT people), but also elderly couples who are worried about losing Social Security benefits if they remarry and people in relationships that they aren't ready or will never want to call a marriage (like close friends, for example).
Of course, Republicans are being tools about this in Colorado: