Last night the City of Sarasota voted to move forward on creating a domestic partnership registry.
The unanimous vote by the Sarasota City Commission directed the City Attorney to draft language, that if passed, would make Sarasota the most recent city in Florida to adopt a domestic partnership registry. Recently, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Orlando, Orange County and Volusia County have all adopted registries.
Mayor Suzanne Atwell has been supportive of the move saying, "I think this is exactly what the city should be doing. It's the right thing to do."
Equality Florida board member and former Sarasota City Commissioner, Ken Shelin was at the meeting to urge Commissioners to move forward.
Once the language is drafted, Commissioners and the public will have an opportunity to comment on the ordinance before final passage. Stay tuned for more details and how you can help pass this important policy.