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Domestic registry passed in Pensacola

The Pensacola City Council voted "yes" to an  ordinance that would create a domestic partnership registry. This is the first step in giving rights reserved for married couples to unmarried couples.

Unmarried couples-- gay or straight-- could soon have the option to register as partners with the city. By doing that, the couples would be assured of certain rights: Partners would be notified and be able to make medical decisions in case of an emergency. Couples can also visit their partners in a hospital or healthcare facility. Partners would also be able to make funeral or burial decisions.

"I'm so excited, gained one more step at being normal."

The bill still has to pass a second reading before taking effect. The second reading will happen on December 12th.