Beneficiaries bill would give rights to unmarried

Posted on 17 Feb 2009 at 2:33pm
By Associated Press

DENVER — State lawmakers are considering a proposal that would make it easier for gays and lesbians to leave property to their partners and visit each other in the hospital.

The measure, House Bill 1260, had its first hearing Monday, Feb. 16 in the House. It would allow any two unmarried people to sign up to be the other’s designated beneficiaries.

Beneficiaries would get a range of rights, including hospital visitations. Others include being able to decide funeral arrangements and inheriting property when there’s no will.

It’s backed by Equal Rights Colorado, a gay and lesbian advocacy group. Supporters say it would also help senior citizens who don’t marry for financial reasons and people who can’t afford a lawyer to do estate planning.

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