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Higginbotham wants health care surrogacy forms in Hillsborough libraries

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Hillsborough County commissioner Al Higginbotham cited his religious convictions when voting with a majority of his board two months ago against creating a domestic partnership registry. He plans to revisit the issue in part when commissioners meet Wednesday, though in a way not likely to appease gay rights advocates who have championed the measure around the state.

Higginbotham is asking commissioners to approve creating a packet of information about programs that already exist under Florida law, including state approved forms, and making them available at public libraries. He said the information primarily pertains to designating a health-care surrogate, someone other than a spouse or immediate family member who can make health care decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated.

"I have said in the past, I strive to treat others in the way I would want to be treated," Higginbotham said in a statement. "My quest over the last several weeks has not been directed at changing existing laws and precedent.  Instead, my quest is focused on making easily available and understandable, to all residents of Hillsborough County, the rights which they are already afforded under the existing laws of our state.  My quest has been to listen to our community's concerns and to respond in a meaningful way.

[Last modified: Friday, March 15, 2013 6:56pm]

    

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