Dynamic Duos

Nine pairs of people who, through their unique partnerships—some romantic, some not—make Denver a more interesting, entertaining and welcoming place to live.

February 2014

Knot Tyers
Nine months ago, Anna and Fran Simon became the first Colorado couple granted a civil union.

5280: Describe the ceremony on May 1, 2013. 

Fran: We’d had a religious ceremony in 2005.

Anna: So, for this, we got to wear our dresses again!

Fran: For several years, we testified at all the hearings in the House and the Senate for the civil unions bills and experienced the emotional roller coaster when it was defeated in 2011 and 2012. We were elated for everyone who had worked so hard to make it happen now… 

Anna: …and so deeply grateful. 

Fran: At midnight we got the license in the county clerk’s office with lots of reporters. Then we walked out into the atrium and there were hundreds of people on multiple levels. It was overwhelming. I had no idea all those people would be there. Our wedding in 2005 was about us. This civil union was about everybody, the movement. There was so much love and support in the room. Then Mayor Michael Hancock officiated our ceremony. It was so powerful to hear the words…

Together: …“By the power vested in me by the state of Colorado!”

5280: And after the ceremony?

Fran: There was an incredible amount of media attention. Our picture was everywhere, from the Denver Post to Time to the Huffington Post. It’s like we’re celebrities, but we’re not. We’re just “Franna.” 

Anna: It’s not about us at all. We’re just a face on an issue. A lot of people can’t do that for myriad reasons. As parents, we don’t take lightly putting our family in the spotlight, but we think it’s important to show our son it’s important to stand up for what you believe in and what you know is right, and to play your part even if it’s a small part, which ours was. 

Fran: It’s part of “tikkun olam,” a Hebrew phrase that means “healing the world.” We’re trying to make it better for everyone, and especially for the next generation. 


Credit: Makeup Artist Becky Laschanzky and Asset Makeup Nina Marie.