The Gaily News: St. Pete City Council unanimously approves domestic partnership registry

Posted by Tiffany Razzano on Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Just in time for Pride month, this morning the St. Petersburg City Council approved the creation of a domestic partnership registry. The registry will grant registered same-sex and heterosexual unmarried couples hospital visitation rights and allow them to make medical decisions for one another, including end-of-life decisions, as well as funeral and burial arrangements.

Gulfport became the first city in Pinellas County to approve domestic partnerships, passing its version of the legislation last month. The Clearwater City Council will read and vote on its proposed domestic partnership ordinance at its meeting tonight. The council approved the measure during its first reading at the end of May and it is expected to pass tonight's second vote.

The Danish parliament approved gender-neutral marriage legislation today, giving equal marriage rights to gays and lesbians. Priests who oppose same-sex nuptials can refuse to marry gay couples under the new law, but must find the couple a priest who would marry them. Denmark is the eleventh country to legalize gay marriage.

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