One day last fall, Denise and Jan Lowe showed up at Jamerson Elementary in St. Petersburg to enroll Denise's grandsons.
The women were raising the boys after the unexpected death of Denise's daughter. The Lowes filled out required paperwork and presented a laminated card from the city of Gulfport that identified Jan as Denise's domestic partner.
"So there was never the question of 'Who are you?' when I show up at the school to talk to their teachers about them," said Jan, 53, who works in the financial services industry.
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