Florida’s Leon County Passes Domestic Partnership Registry

North Florida’s Leon County, which includes the city of Tallahassee, has voted unanimously to create a county-wide domestic partner registry.

On March 12, Leon County commissioners voted 7-0 to approve the measure, according to Equality Florida.

“The tide is shifting rapidly towards fairness in Florida,” Nadine Smith, executive director at Equality Florida, said in a statement.

“These victories across the state in communities large and small, rural and metropolitan, show that equal rights and protecting all of our families is a shared value and ought to be the law statewide.”

While the domestic partner registry doesn’t equate marriage rights, gay couples who register would be able to make decisions for one another regarding health care or funeral services.

Broward, Miami-Dade, Orange, Palm Beach, and Volusia counties, along with several cities, already offer domestic registries in Florida.

Leon’s County DPR will open on May 1. The county has not clarified how much it will charge to register. Sergio N. Candido

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