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Domestic Partner Registry to Full Council

Domestic Partner Registry to Full Council
Posted Monday, June 2nd 2014 @ 12pm  by 700WLW News

(Cincinnati) -- With Council's approval, Cincinnati would be the last of Ohio's large cities to create a domestic partnership registry.  Nancy Olind with the City's Human Resources department says it would allow unmarried partners to get health benefits.

The registry would not legalize same-sex marriage in Cincinnati, and it would not circumvent the state of Ohio's ban on same sex marriage.  The measure's sponsor, Chris Seelbach says it would apply to gay, and straight couples.

Olind says families are defined in many non-traditional ways now. 

She says the registry would be "revenue neutral", paying for itself.  Cincinnati's registry would cost $40, the same as a marriage licence.  Cleveland's costs $55, while Toledo's is only $25.

A council committee added an emergency clause to the measure, meaning if it passes Wednesday, it could be in effect before the end of the month. 


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