Colorado's terrific new law, the subject of previous posts here and here, went into effect at the beginning of this month. Folks there have developed this user-friendly web site with answers to questions and forms to download.
Congratulations, Colorado! LGBT folks there can now name a next-of-kin, whether that is a same-sex partner or a close and trusted friend. I hope other states will follow, including those that allow same-sex couples to marry. If you're interested in how this law got passed, contact the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Colorado and its Legal Initiatives Project.