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Video: Gulfport Mayor Signs Domestic Partnership Registry into Law

Following a unanimous vote by the Gulfport City Council, Mayor Mike Yakes officially signed the domestic partnership registry into law on Wednesday.

On Tuesday night, Gulfport City Council voted unanimously to pass an ordinance creating a domestic partnership registry in the city.

About the ordinance:

The domestic partnership registry is modeled after the Orlando ordinance with elements of the Key West ordinance. The fee is $25 per couple and does not require both people to sign the declaration in the presence of the city clerk. The couple may drop off or mail in a notarized declaration.

It specifies the following rights and legal effects:

  • Health Care Facility Visitation
  • Health Care Decisions
  • Funeral/burial Decisions
  • Notification of Family Members
  • Preneed guardian designation
  • Participation in Education

According to the ordinance, domestic partners are two adults who have chosen to share one another's lives in a family relationship. Two persons are considered to be domestic partners if:

  • They consider themselves to be members of each other's immediate family.
  • They agree to be jointly responsible for each other's welfare.
  • Neither of them is married under the laws of the State of Florida, is a member of another domestic partnership, or civil union with anyone other than the co-applicant.
  • They are not blood related in a way that would prevent them from being married to each other under Florida state law.
  • Each is at least 18 years of age and competent to contract.
  • They each have signed a declaration of domestic partnership as provided for in section 26-45.

The following video is provided by the City of Gulfport.

Mark L Grantham May 16, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Yet another affirmation of the love and appreciation of diversity, the appreciation for each and everyone of us! the passing of the DPR last night was fantastic, today the city was allowed to continue this feeling of acceptance. Gulfport is to be commended in accepting each and everyone, contrary to what some choose to believe or have heard, this will protect ALL couples not legally married. This is but another reason that I am more than content to call Gulfport my home!
Cherlene Willis May 16, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Thanks Mark for sharing your thoughts! Did you see, you were chosen as last week's "Commenter of the Week!" Congratulations- check out the story here: http://patch.com/A-tm5K
DSS May 17, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Odd, how I feel different. I remember viscerally the bitter setbacks from the 1970s. For the first time, ever, a civil authority where I live has acknowledged that I am a human being. I may never have the opportunity to take advantage of this ordinance, but something deep inside is different now.
Bettina Kim May 17, 2012 at 12:57 PM
A great place in our country indeed. The public signing was a fabulous boost to the equal rights of all "humans being." I also can appreciate the time and energy that went into the laws and rights to govern these marriages as well as healthcare, etc. making this a true equal rights amendment for all. Thumbs up!!! :o)
jan lowe May 20, 2012 at 12:28 PM
To all who worked so hard on getting this ordinance passed, thank you! To the city council who took the time to inform thenselves and LISTENED to the people and did not allow their own feelings to stand in the way of justice and equality, a huge thank you!! And finally, to Charleene for your continual unbiased coverage of this and all happenings in Gulfport....Thank you, we are lucky to have you. The Patch is growing in leaps and bounds When some other news organization steels you away it will be a sad day for us. Until then, keep giving us the quality journalism you are..we love you!

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