City of Tavares moves toward setting up domestic-partner registry


Via the Orlando Sentinel:

"Tavares city officials agreed Wednesday to develop what could be the first domestic-partnership registry in Lake County.

The City Council asked its attorney to draft a new ordinance. The registry would be modeled after Orlando's, which does not require those who register to be residents. About two dozen people applauded the vote. It wasn't clear when the council would vote on the ordinance.

Domestic-partnership registries for unmarried couples don't carry the weight of marriage, but offer a few legal rights to registrants, such as hospital visitation rights and the ability to make health-care decisions for a partner.

According to Equality Florida, the civil-rights group for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, Lake County has no such registries at the county or city level.

Dale Gruber, a Paisley resident who asked city officials to consider the idea, said it would be good to have Tavares set up such a registry because the area's main hospital, Florida Hospital Waterman, is located there.

"Tavares will seen as even more welcoming and on the cutting edge," Gruber told city officials.

Mayor Bob Wolfe said he didn't see anything wrong with the registry, though it would not be applicable outside of city limits.

"I think it's great, and it's a positive move," said Council member Lori Pfister.

Read the Sentinel's original article here



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