Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Domestic Partnership Registry Opens in Phoenix

Yesterday was the first day couples could register as domestic partners in Phoenix, AZ. The City Council unanimously agreed to allow same-sex and unmarried heterosexual couples to register as long as they share a residence in Phoenix.

The registry allows partner visitation rights in all hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and other health-care facilities in the city. Couples must pay a $50 fee to become registered.

10 couples were there when the offices opened. One of the first couples were Lisa Smith and Reagan Bennion who said,
"It's sad that we have to deem this a huge deal, but this is a step in the right direction. Progress is progress, and we're here to support those who made this possible."

Turnout for the day was lower than officials expected. According to the clerk's office 27 couples registered on the first day. It's hard to say if the passing of the gay marriage ban is still hanging over the gay community in Phoenix. It's hard not to feel that this is a very small consolation to be given after the huge slap in the face the state gave the LGBT community.

The first of the 27 couples that did register the first day were Phoenix Vice Mayor Tom Simplot and his partner David Smith. Simplot was a key figure in getting the registry created.

Registration will continue in the assembly room at Phoenix City Hall through Feb. 13. Registration then will be located on the 15th floor of Phoenix City Hall.

You can get more answers about the registry by looking at the Domestic Partner Registry Fact Sheet

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