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Should Florida Counties Allow Domestic Registry?

Pinellas County will become the sixth county in Florida to adopt a domestic registry, if commissioners approve the proposal.

St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Gulfport already have their own local domestic registries recognizing same-sex marriages.

Now Pinellas County expects to vote in 2013 on a proposal for a countywide domestic registry that grants domestic partners – gay and straight – many of the same rights as married couples.

A public hearing is scheduled for Jan. 15.

Although domestic registries are catching on across the nation, from Key West to Kansas City, Florida has a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union between a man and a woman.

Should Pinellas County, Florida, adopt a domestic registry? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Even as Florida counties adopt domestic registries, the state will not recognize them. Do you agree? Leave your views in the comments below.

The provision would allow, in part, domestic partners to make health care decisions for each other, including for end-of-life care, among other things.

Should domestic partners be granted rights now given only to men and women who are married? What do you think?

Paul Ray January 08, 2013 at 10:14 AM
First off, we pay taxes like anyone else and yet we are entitled to none of the benefits straight people are allowed. Is that in your mind fair or even moral? Second of all, I am a born again Christian and openly Gay and in a relationship for 14 years. Again, are you going to even mention morality? My relationship between the Lord and I is exactly that, between he and I, and I have no nudging from the Holy Spirit that it is in anyway unacceptable. Thirdly, I look around myself and cannot find but a small number of straight couples that have been together for even half as long we have, albeit my Mom and Dad were married for 56 years till my Mom passed away. So where does all the crap come from about DPR encourages/promotes adultery? And making it easier to walk away from kids? Walking away from kids can be done married or not and has nothing to do with DPR. Where are your facts?
winfredable January 08, 2013 at 12:02 PM
People should treat other person as equally. studentshelp.info
Robert Heiney January 08, 2013 at 03:45 PM
You're just a hater. Pure and simple. Hate will consume you and swallow you whole. Paul Ray is absolutely right! He pays his taxes to the government, just like the rest of us. Why shouldn't he reap the benefits. As far as morality goes, who are YOU to judge anyone! You must first expose your moral aptitude before we judge someone else. And it must include everything! The big question here is WHY does it bother anyone, about other people and their personal sexual choices? Don't worry about it.
Paul Ray January 08, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Amazing. A comment that contextually and grammatically made zero sense. Thanks for the chuckle, now please crawl back under that rock would you?
Diane Randolph January 11, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Absolutely Pinelas County should establish a Domestic Partner Registry. This will take nothing away from anyone, but will give peace of mind to domestic partners who will then have the same rights as married couples. Time to join the real world and stop being selfish.

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