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Florida’s Tavares City Approves Domestic Partnerships

by Sergio N. Candido
Monday Feb 11, 2013

Tavares just became the first city in Central Florida's Lake County to offer gay couples a chance at gaining some rights approaching marriage.

On Feb. 6, city council members voted 4-1 in favor of the registry, which will be set up by May 1, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

A domestic partnership gives unmarried couples rights to, among other things, hospital visitations in case the other one's ill, funeral and burial arrangements, and child education decisions.

The Sentinel writes that about 100 people attended the council meeting to show their support for the measure.

Only one Tavares resident, conservative blogger Vance Jochim, spoke against the creation of the registry, arguing it will now attract a large number of gays.

"You might see a migration of people of more exhibitionist behavior," Jochim said.

Broward, Miami-Dade, Orange, Palm Beach, and Volusia counties, along with several cities, already offer domestic registries in Florida.

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