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Domestic Partner Registry: Should Hillsborough Reconsider?

Backers of a plan to allow same-sex couples to enjoy more of the freedoms afforded to married couples aren’t taking no for an answer. Do you agree with them?

Less than two weeks after Hillsborough County Commissioners voted against creating a domestic partnership registry, proponents of the measure are holding their ground.

The proposed registry, similar to what has already passed in Pinellas County, would have given same-sex partners more freedom to make financial and medical decisions for their significant others.

In late January, the Hillsborough Commission voted 4-3 against creating a registry.

Supporters of the registry met Tuesday, Feb. 5 to discuss what they are calling a “temporary” setback, according to The Tampa Tribune. Attendees at the event, which was sponsored by Equality Florida, say they will continue to push for the county to enact a registry.

"Hillsborough County is so out of step now with where this region is, where this state is and where this country is," Nadine Smith, Equality Florida’s executive director, was quoted by the Tribune as saying. "This just can't hold."

Do you agree with Smith? Does Hillsborough need a domestic partner registry? Should the commission reconsider? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Don Hoover February 06, 2013 at 07:09 PM
yes Hillsborough County should reconsider it's vote on the domestic registry. This is not about gay rights. This is a benefit for all domestic partners that are not married. There are many straight couples that are not married that this would allow them to make personal decisions in each others lives that they can not make now. This is not about gay rights but rights for all.
Jen Frost February 06, 2013 at 07:40 PM
The County should absolutely reconsider its vote or even pass the decision to the voters. Then the Commissioners would see how out of touch some of them are with their constituents. This registry would allow equitable and basic rights for every contributing member of our community, be it gay, unwed, or married. I stated in response to an earlier article, "Have the naysayers considered that maybe some of these people have been alienated by their families? Should a complete stranger, even if they are an estranged “family member,” have priority over the attentive loved one to be involved? But that's just me, thinking that equal human rights trump personal beliefs."
randy in Lutz February 06, 2013 at 08:12 PM
People should be encouraged to love one and other. I am with the same man for 41 years and should have the same rights as any heterosexual couple together 1 week. They need the registry at the very least.
Li February 07, 2013 at 01:51 AM
Absolutely! We all should enjoy the same privileges
Donna Robertson February 07, 2013 at 05:15 AM
The answer is "NO".
Terri February 07, 2013 at 09:20 AM
Domestic partnership should be a God given right to all people under our US Constitution. This is not about religion as we are a nation that separates church and state. If you think you want to be a nation that does not afford that separation then take a look at some Mid-east countries as examples, like Saudi, Iraq, Iran and even Pakistan.....think we have come to far to go backwards. Let's continue to be a nation that encompasses all peoples rights not just those who are religious minded.
Terri February 07, 2013 at 09:22 AM
Well said Jen
Glenna Ross February 07, 2013 at 03:34 PM
I don't believe Smith knows the pulse of this county at all! She only knows what a miniority of us want. We do not need a registry and the commission has done their job, so why should they have to reconsider?
Charles Eldredge February 07, 2013 at 04:42 PM
This has nothing to do with rights. It has to do with those who own the media and our gov't wanting to break down the Christian moral foundation in the United States. For some reason Christian faith is seriously in their way. It only takes a glance at prime time television to see the social engineering they are attempting, and sadly, having some success at doing. I lived the gay lifestyle from age 15 - 36....I'm now 54. I, too, thought I was born that way because I had attractions to men, because the media had then, in the '70's, begun to tell me I was born that way, because I wanted to believe it, and because I didn't have a Christian moral compass telling me differently. Now I know not to let feelings dictate who I am, or what I do. I also see the lies now. To get back to the subject...I didn't find restrictions in people and life around me because of my gay lifestyle. The people who knew me treated me as equally as they did anyone else. Sure there were people who were ignorant and treated me badly because of my lifestyle, but they were the tiny minority. The gay rights issue and gay people are being used for a bigger agenda...and they certainly don't realize it. They think enlightenment has come.
Charles Eldredge February 07, 2013 at 04:44 PM
I have to make another point about this larger issue. When the argument was put forth that giving homosexuals special status could open the door to those who want to have sex with children or animals it was poo pooed as not being a fair comparison....that such horrible things could never be considered ok. I recently read this story about pushing past same sex laws, "Man Accused Of Having Sex With Donkey Challenges Constitutionality Of Laws Banning Sex With Animals" and he has public defenders (Marion County) pursuing this line of defense. They are saying partly that because the law in Florida is based on morality instead of consensuality or harm it should be struck down. So where does this road take us? The gay rights issue has nothing to do with rights. People, for the most part, treat the people they know as people. I've seen the rules bent in hospitals and many places and situations because of that.
Charles Eldredge February 07, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Let me be clear. I am not against anyone having the ability to be considered a "family" member to make legal decisions, visit a person or anything else. But it should not be a special status given to homosexual people. That just opens the door all kind of things....once you drop all morality you will eventually lose everything. History shows that morality is part of a strong nation and people. Moral decay leads to failure and breakdown of nations. Anyone who tells you differently is rewriting history, which is getting to be pretty popular in this nation today.
RD February 18, 2013 at 04:34 AM
Absolutely. This isn't about gay and lesbian couples, this is about all couples who aren't married under the law regardless of their sexual orientation. You don't have to like the idea but you do need to appreciate the limitations put on these couples. They need to be able to help their loved ones make decisions. Let the people vote since the County Commissioners aren't living in the 21th century.
CaptBlackEagle February 18, 2013 at 12:41 PM
While I agree that this is not a sex issue, I believe it is a local issue. There are already legal means available to those who wish to enter into a contractual agreement. This includes Powers of Attorney. I am happy to see that the issue is being considered at the local vs. Federal Level.

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