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Tonight: Plymouth HRC Discusses Domestic Partner Registration

The Plymouth Human Rights Committee will vote on a recommendation to have a city ordinance on domestic partner registration at tonight's meeting.

The Plymouth Human Rights Committee will vote at its meeting tonight at 7 p.m. in City Hall whether or not to recommend to the Plymouth City Council to have the city adopt an ordinance that would allow people to register as domestic partners. 

A domestic partner registry would allow unmarried couples to certify their relationships with the city.

Supporters have said registration would make it easier for couples to obtain hospital visitation rights and benefits from employers that offer domestic partner benefits. Registries can also be a symbolic vote in support of same-sex marriage while actual marriage remains off the table for gay and lesbian couples.

The Committee's discussion will also include whether the city should oppose the marriage amendment though that is not on the official agenda.

The League of Minnesota Human Rights Commissions, of which Plymouth is a member, has publicly opposed a proposed ban on gay marriage in Minnesota, as have a number of other Minnesota cities, including Edina, Robbinsdale, St. Louis Park and Crystal.

The discussion on domestic partner registry has been ongoing for about a year or more. The Committee plans to take a vote at tonight's meeting.

But voters will have the final voice on whether the constitutional amendment passes when heading to the polling places Tuesday, Nov. 6.

The amendment will ask:

"Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?"

The Plymouth Human Rights Committee meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, in the Medicine Lake Room at Plymouth City Hall.

(Some informaton in this article was supported by an on a similar discussion and topic on Hopkins Patch.)

vicki trattar July 30, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Allowing domestic partner registration is a small step in the right direction. I would rather see small steps than none. Love is love.♠
Evelyn Headen July 30, 2012 at 02:57 PM
If registration will benefit partners in obtaining legal rights (e.g., hospital visitation), then I'm all for it. Those who cite religious views to the contrary needn't worry. Faith communities are free to recognize same-sex unions/marriage or not, as they choose. (I'm proud to add that my faith community supports same-sex marriage and all the rights and benefits that come with legal marriage.) All persons should be entitled to civil rights under the law.
Alexis July 30, 2012 at 04:32 PM
What can it hurt? I'd like to register, and I'm not even gay (I just don't ever plan to marry my partner). We have a home together (for years) here, and consider eachother family, so being officially married shouldn't be required to have similar or equal considerations from the city.
rob_h78 July 30, 2012 at 05:40 PM
As long as the government wants to keep its nose in who is married to who - provide benefits, make legal decisions, etc.... then of course we should do everything grant individual the right to name whoever they want. If folks don't want people to be able to name a Domestic Partner (and since gay folks can't get married) then IMHO they need to contact Republican members of Congress at both the State and Federal level to quickly unwind all government involvement with marriage, etc... and simply treat everyone at the individual level in every aspect from legal standing to taxation.
Donald P Untiedt July 31, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Most definitely. When my partner, now of 8 years, and I moved to Plymouth, we were shortly thereafter invited to a neighborhood picnic. When it was over the host came over to us and said, Thank you for comingg, Welcome to the neighborhood, We are a live and let live community." I hope all of Plymouth is this way.
daniel123 July 31, 2012 at 03:39 AM
looks lik3e a great idea.l.let people have the same rights as all of us

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