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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