Domestic Partner Registry: Should Hillsborough Reconsider?
Backers of a plan to allow same-sex couples to enjoy more of the freedoms afforded to married couples aren’t taking no for an answer. Do you agree with them?
Less than two weeks after Hillsborough County Commissioners voted against creating a domestic partnership registry, proponents of the measure are holding their ground.
The proposed registry, similar to what has already passed in Pinellas County, would have given same-sex partners more freedom to make financial and medical decisions for their significant others.
In late January, the Hillsborough Commission voted 4-3 against creating a registry.
Supporters of the registry met Tuesday, Feb. 5 to discuss what they are calling a “temporary” setback, according to The Tampa Tribune. Attendees at the event, which was sponsored by Equality Florida, say they will continue to push for the county to enact a registry.
"Hillsborough County is so out of step now with where this region is, where this state is and where this country is," Nadine Smith, Equality Florida’s executive director, was quoted by the Tribune as saying. "This just can't hold."
Do you agree with Smith? Does Hillsborough need a domestic partner registry? Should the commission reconsider? Share your thoughts in the comments section.