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Domestic Partnership Registry: Should Florida Have One?

The Florida Senate is considering a bill that would afford same-sex couples some of the rights married couples enjoy. We want to hear from you on the issue, Tampa Bay!

As local governments throughout the state grapple with the concept of launching their own domestic partnership registries, the Florida Senate is also taking up the issue.

If the bill sponsored by Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, makes it all the way through the Legislature, the reluctance of some local governments to adopt such a measure could become a moot point since the statewide rules would trump all.

Domestic partnership registries are designed to provide committed, but unmarried couples, including same-sex partners, many of the freedoms married couples are afforded under the law. For example, registered couples have the ability to make medical and financial decisions for their significant others.

Some local governments, including the cities of Tampa and Clearwater, have passed their own domestic partnership registry laws. Others, however, including Hillsborough County have voted them down. Still others, such as Pasco County, have yet to take up the issue.

The Senate bill was intended to be taken up in committee March 12, but it was delayed by Sobel when a fellow Senator and supporter of the bill could not attend the hearing, Tallahassee.com reports.

While the fate of the Senate bill remains unknown, we’d like to hear from you on the topic Tampa Bay!

Do you think Florida should create a statewide registry? Or, do you think it’s a matter that should be left in the hands of local governments so decisions reflect a community’s values? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Jimmy James II March 19, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Right on, Victor! Anyone can buy name games at discount stores in the kids' toy isle.
Zigsauered March 22, 2013 at 04:44 AM
Can 3 people register as a union?
Victor Orloff March 22, 2013 at 05:06 AM
Why not? But not all at once. You'll have to wait until unions with under aged, animals, dolls, dead, etc liberals will start demanding to call LOVE and MARRIAGE.
Christine Petellat March 26, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Patriot acts like a coward. I doubt patriot is his given name. I am not calling him names either, only pointing out facts. Patriot doesn't even post an intellectual statement, only replies to badger or bully others. If someone posts online and hides behind some anonymous identity then they probably have already been told about their ignorance, or maybe they are ashamed of their own life. The one good thing about history is it can not be changed, we have the ability to research and fact check.
Jimmy James II March 27, 2013 at 03:05 PM
I saw a sign on the internet that said, "I liked it, but I can't put a ring on it." So the U.S. Supreme Court is tackling a circumference issue.

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