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Colo. governor signs civil union bill

DENVER — Civil unions for gay couples got the governor’s signature in Colorado on Thursday, punctuating a dramatic turnaround in a state where voters banned same-sex marriage in 2006 and restricted protections for gays two decades ago.

Cheers erupted as Governor John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, signed the bill during a ceremony at the History Colorado Center near the state Capitol. Dozens of gay couples and others looked on, with many chanting ‘‘Equal! Equal!’’

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