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Higginbotham pulls "important life decisions" agenda item

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April

Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham says he never intended his proposal to make available documents allowing people to declare a health-care surrogate as an alternative to domestic partnership registries sought by gay-rights advocates. He said he was simply attempting to provide an easy way for people, under existing law, to secure some of the rights such registries create.

Nevertheless he said he is abandoning the concept until the U.S. Supreme Court issues its rulings pertaining to same-sex marriage.

His "important life decisions" proposal was scheduled for discussion at Wednesday's commission meeting, but Higginbotham has withdrawn the proposal.

" This seems to be at the federal level," Higginbotham said. "Let’s just let the Supreme Court make a decision."



[Last modified: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 7:10pm]

    

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