The Gaily News: Gulfport approves domestic partnership registry

St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster announced last week that he will extend same-sex partner benefits for all 2,600 city employees.

And earlier this week, Rhode Island governor declared that the state will recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. This gives gay married couples the same rights as heterosexual couples married out of state, included health and life insurance benefits.

Last night the Gulfport City Council voted unanimously to pass legislation creating a domestic partnership registry. This makes Gulfport the first city in Pinellas County to create such a registry, which would grant unmarried same-sex and heterosexual couples certain benefits, including hospital visitation rights and the ability to make medical decisions for one another, such as end-of-life decisions, as well as funeral arrangements. St. Petersburg, Clearwater and the county itself all have similar legislation in the works.

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