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Phoenix City Council Approves Domestic Partnerships

Jim Burroway

December 17th, 2008

Equality Arizona just sent out an email announcing that the Phoenix city council approved a limited form of domestic partnerships. The only benefit enumerated in the new registry consists of hospital visitation rights:

By a vote of 6 to 0, with 3 members absent, the council approved the creation of a domestic partner registry for Phoenix residents, granting unmarried gay or straight couples in committed relationships the right to visit each other in the hospital.

By recognizing domestic partnerships, the Phoenix City Council removed some of the barriers that have prevented unmarried couples, gay or straight, from being able to take care of each other. It’s hard to imagine what it would be like to be told that you couldn’t visit your loved one in the hospital or hold your partner’s hand before they went into surgery.  Unfortunately, that’s a story we hear and experience all too often.

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Stefano A
December 17th, 2008 | LINK

It would figure that the sole person in opposition at the council meeting would be someone from the Alliance Defense Fund.

Austin Nimocks said the registry was unnecessary and called scenarios where domestic partners are prevented from seeing their loved ones “a nonexistent circumstance.”

He told the council: “It is not necessary to create a registry to publically acknowledge somebody’s relationship in order for that to occur.”

Source: Arizona Republic

The callousness of these people and complete denial of how we’re discriminated against, no matter how many times they demonstrate this, never fails to leave me dumbfounded.

Stefano A
December 17th, 2008 | LINK

Jim:

Maria Baier, Peggy Neely and Thelda Williams were the 3 absent. Any idea if they’d been present how they’d have voted?

Just wonderin’ (as it still would have carried).

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