Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Three Gulfport couples share what the domestic partnership registry means to them. Watch our video to hear from them and why the registry is a step in the right direction for equal rights for all.
Partners Jan and Denise Lowe, Doug Hudson and Leonardo Robledo and Councilor Barbara Banno and Jeanne Kunkle gathered at Gulfport City Hall on Monday, June 25, for a historic event. All three same-sex couples registered under the City of Gulfport's domestic partnership registry, the first couples to do so since the Council adopted the program. Watch our video and hear from all three couples about the monumental event for them and their families. Also hear how the registry is raising awareness about equality for all.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The domestic partnership registry passed first reading with a 4-1 vote by the Gulfport City Council Tuesday night.
The domestic partnership registry is one vote away from becoming reality for unmarried couples in Gulfport. The legal recognition at the local level would grant unmarried couples rights similar to that of a married couples when making education choices for children, emergency medical decisions, end-of-life choices and funeral arrangements. City Council voted 4 - 1 during first reading of the ordinance Tuesday night with Councilor Dan Liedtke casting the only no vote. Liedtke expressed concerns over whether or not other municipalities will recognize a local registry. "I want to know, how do we minimize the symbolism from the equation and move onto something that has weight," Liedtke said. He requested that a power of attorney and health …
Friday, April 20, 2012
Gulfport residents Jan and Denise Lowe said the passage of a domestic partnership registry would give them some of rights they deserve as a married couple living in Gulfport.
One by one, supporters addressed Gulfport city leaders Thursday during the City Council Workshop and commended them for considering the creation of a domestic partnership registry in Gulfport. Jan and Denise Lowe, accompanied by their family in the audience, approached council with questions, concerns and gratitude. "We’re just like any other family," Denise Lowe said. Denise introduced her wife, Jan, daughter Amber and two grandsons, Jaylen and Jeremiah. "We wanted to make a statement," Denise said. Jan and Denise married nearly two years ago in Connecticut, but say their marriage is not recognized in Florida. "I feel that our rights, civil rights are violated. We are discriminated against. This ordinance, although it would help many …