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County Not Exploring Domestic Partnership Registry Options

While nearby counties explore options for creating a registry for same-sex partners, Pasco has yet to take up the issue.

As some Bay area counties move forward with plans to give same-sex partners more freedom to make medical and financial decisions for each other, Pasco County has yet to consider the issue.

Commissioner Pat Mulieri said on Thursday, the same day nearby Hillsborough was considering its options, that Pasco hasn't had the issue arise.

While Hillsborough Commissioners ultimately voted 4-3 against creating a Domestic Partnership Registry during their Jan. 24 meeting, other nearby counties and cities have adopted registries already.

In Hillsborough, the registry idea was proposed by Commissioner Mark Sharpe.

"As a citizen who lives in this county and as tax payer aren't they owed the respect and right to have these six basic rights and services that government itself provides," Sharpe said during Thursday's meeting.

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The City of Tampa approved a domestic partnership registry in April. The registry opened its rolls in June and so far 369 people have registered. Pinellas County decided to create it own registry last week. 

Sharpe suggested patterning the county's registry after Tampa's.

Tampa's registry allows the following rights to couples who register:

  • to visit his or her partner in health care facilities
  • to make certain health care decisions for his or her partner
  • to make funeral and burial decisions for his or her partner
  • to be notified as a family member in case of emergency
  • to be designated his or her partner's pre-need guardian
  • to participate in the education of his or her partner's children

New Port Richey Patch Facebook fans were quiet on the issue when asked if it's time for the county to look into creating a registry. The question, however, quickly got 18 likes from followers.

In nearby Land O' Lakes, residents had mixed opinions.

"Yes they should," replied Land O' Lakes Patch Facebook fan Wendy Moller Seth when we asked if Pasco should pursue the issue.

Sony Fike-Wyman didn't agree. She simply wrote "no" to the question.

To be eligible for the domestic partnership registry, couples must be unmarried adults, not committed to another person through another registry or civil union, live together, and agree to be responsible for each others basic needs.

About 16 locations in Florida have domestic partnership registries, including the City of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Gulfport, Clearwater and Pinellas County.

Do you think it's time for Pasco County to look into creating a domestic partner registry, New Port Richey? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Phil January 28, 2013 at 06:35 PM
In the original Hebrew (from which your quote was tranlated), there are two words that were both translated as "abomination": to'eivah, for homosexuality, and sheketz, for non-kosher food. So, not sure how you get there, from here.... (from God Hates Shrimp). More importantly, there's a ton a really really stupid stuff in the bible, and you don't get to just pick and choose whatever you want, be it New Testament or Old Testament. Some fine examples: “Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.” (Psalm 137:9) “If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: ... And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die..." (Deuteronomy 21:18-21) “You shall not molest or oppress an alien, for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt.” (an argument for Immigration reform!) ~Exodus 22:22 If two men, a man and his countryman, are struggling together, and the wife of one comes near to deliver her husband from the hand of the one who is striking him, and puts out her hand and seizes his genitals, then you shall cut off her hand; you shall not show pity. (Deuteronomy 25:11-12) This is what faith, instead of logic gets you...
Susan Washburn January 30, 2013 at 12:34 PM
Domestic partnership is not only about same sex partners. Domestic partners are two PEOPLE who live together and are not married. If you are living as boyfriend and girlfriend and you have a domestic partnership then you can have access to either partner's health insurance care as provided by the other's employer. This is a great thing for people who just don't want to be married again due to the pain and excessive costs of divorce.
Susan Washburn January 30, 2013 at 12:40 PM
However, I do not believe that anyone should be held by law as responsible for anyone else's basic needs, unless someone is that person's parent or guardian and the other person is a child. This "responsibility for the other's basic needs" creates a governmental rule over our private and economic lives.
Timeforchange April 15, 2013 at 01:39 PM
I would just like to say for anyone to get married is none of your business do we care if you marry someone out of your race no! So don't worry about who I want to marry
Timeforchange April 15, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Should I judge you because you believe in god maybe you should be able to visit your partner in the hospital. You know why! ? Because you believe in god... Not so nice huh? Well this is what you sound like...

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