Orlando City Council votes unanimously for domestic partnership registry

Orlando today became the first city in Central Florida to grant gay couples some of the rights that come with marriage.

The Orlando City Council voted unanimously to enact a domestic partnership registry. Once it starts in 30 days, unmarried couples — whether gay or straight — will be able to record their relationship in a government database for a $30 fee.

Registered couples then would have a few of the same rights that married people take for granted: the ability to visit one another in the hospital or jail, to make health care decisions for an incapacitated partner, and to make funeral decisions.

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