After a brief discussion, city leaders unanimously approved that grants certain medical, education and visitation rights for applicants. The City Council will vote once more on creating the registry at its June 7 meeting.
It is similar to ones already passed in Tampa and Gulfport.
After registering with the city, the partners would have a say in decisions regarding: health care facility visitation, health care decisions including those concerning physical and mental health, funeral and burial decisions, pre-need guardian designation, and participation in education.
The ordinance requires the clerk to maintain an online searchable database of the registered partners. Applicants will have to pay $30 to register and an additionel $5 for an extra copy of the certificate proving the domestic partnership. The cost to dissolve the partnership is $10.
Not everyone who attended the meeting was in favor of creating the registry.
Resident Joe Paige insisted that most of the rights the registry grants can be attained by designating a surrogate.
“This is a prime example of the government getting involved in something they shouldn't get into,” Paige said.