Busy First Day For Cleveland’s Gay Partner Registry
Posted on May 8, 2009
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Cleveland city leaders offered a warm welcome to gay and lesbian couples arriving at City Hall to take advantage of a new domestic partner registry taking effect Thursday.
Gay advocates celebrated with a rally on the steps of City Hall. Six council members attended the rally, including Council Members Jay Westbrook, Joe Cimperman and Joe Santiago.
Registering with the city is mostly a symbolic act. Registered couples receive no guaranteed benefits or protections; any benefits gained would be strictly voluntary.
The registry’s shortcomings, however, appeared to be lost on the steady stream of couples lining up for it. Sixty-four couples, mostly gay or lesbian, had paid the $55 registration fee by 2PM, openly gay Councilman Santiago told On Top Magazine.
Opposition to the registry appears to have diminished since ministers called for its repeal in January. A group of mostly black ministers lead by Rev. C. Jay Matthews failed in an effort to stop the registry from taking effect. And while the group has vowed to place a referendum on the November ballot, it appears they missed a March deadline. See:
- Busy First Day For Cleveland’s Gay Partner Registry On Top Magazine
- Cleveland begins domestic partner registry for gay and other … Cleveland News – Fox 8
- Cleveland’s Domestic Partner Registry a powerful symbol — Regina … The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com
- Historic Day As Cleveland Opens Domestic Partner Registry Today E-Portage
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