Leon County in northern Florida could soon join the list of places within the state that offer gay couples some type of legal protections.
County commissioners are set to vote on an ordinance to open up a domestic-partner registry. Legislators said a public hearing is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, March 12. According to Tallahassee.com, a majority of commissioners plan to vote in favor of establishing the registry.
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.
The measure will be introduced by Commissioner Mary Ann Lindley.
“I appreciate the County Commission,” Sharon Kant-Rauch, former Faith editor at the Tallahassee Democrat, told Tallahassee.com.
“For Mary Ann to bring this up is really saying, ‘I respect everyone in the county.’ Mary Ann can’t pass what we really need – a marriage act. This is as close as the county can get.”
SFGN will update this story as more information becomes available.