Orlando Considers Domestic Partnership Registry

Orlando is the latest Florida city to consider a domestic partner registry. Though the registry would only apply within the city limits, it would allow registered domestic partners in same-sex or opposite-sex couples to visit each other in the hospital and make health care decisions for each other. Several cities and counties in southern Florida already offer such benefits, but Orlando would become the first municipality in central Florida to establish a registry. Public hearings began today and the city commissioners are expected to approve the ordinance. The city already provides domestic partnership benefits to city employees.