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Mesa May Consider Domestic Partnerships

Jim Burroway

January 7th, 2009

This would be a welcome surprise:

Arizona’s most conservative big city may become only the third in the state to offer a domestic-partner registry to unmarried couples. Mesa Councilman Dennis Kavanaugh has been exploring the idea and has asked the city attorney to draft an ordinance that would allow people to register their relationships with the city. “It’s not creating gay marriage,” Kavanaugh said. “The sole purpose is to ensure visitation rights for people who are in unmarried-partner relationships.”

It’s no accident that this measure would be limited to one single benefit: hospital visitations. That’s the same limitation placed on Phoenix’s so-called domestic partnership registry. Tucson’s registry, created in 2003, is a tad more wide ranging, encompassing access to family rates at city park programs and other municipal benefits.

Even so, the mere possibility that Mesa might take up such a measure is a pleasant surprise. Mesa has a reputation for being the bastion of Mormonism in Arizona. It is the home to the oldest LDS Temple in Arizona, and more than one third of all donations made to the Yes on Proposition 102 campaign came from Mesa residents. But the fact that Salt Lake City has a similar registry might provide just enough political cover for this measure to make it’s way though Mesa’s city council. Stay tuned.

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John B
January 7th, 2009 | LINK

Sorry, but I don’t consider this (or the Phoenix domestic partner registry) to be much of a step forward….

Matt
January 9th, 2009 | LINK

I think it’s great. Not just for gays, but for every unmarried couple who wants benefits.

People who oppose it are not neccesarily homophobic, they just believe in traditional marriage, and they also oppose these partnership benefits for anybody else. I understand that position, not agree with it.

But I think something like this will help gays alot and a increase the chance of more pro-gay laws to pass nationwide.

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