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Updated: 01/09/2014 08:00:03AM

Punta Gorda OKs registry

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More than 100 supporters of a domestic partnership registry in Punta Gorda attended Wednesday's City Council meeting to urge the council to pass the measure, which would afford unmarried gay and heterosexual couples some of the same benefits and priviledges legally afforded married couples. Dozens of members of advocacy groups Equality Punta Gorda and Equality Florida wore red shirts to show their support.


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PUNTA GORDA — In a move that resulted in cheering, furious applause and a few shed tears from audience members, the Punta Gorda City Council on Wednesday cleared the way for the creation a domestic partnership registry in the city that would afford unmarried gay and heterosexual couples some of the same rights afforded to their married counterparts.

In a unanimous decision, the City Council voted to move forward with the drafting of an ordinance that establishes a registry that would allow unmarried couples to make health care decisions for each other as surrogates, have visitations at health care facilities within the city, make funeral and burial decisions for their partners, be notified in the event of an emergency, allow partners to be appointed as guardians by the courts, and allow for participation in the education of a dependent.

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