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Slow start to Pinellas County domestic partnership registry

The expected rush of couples to sign up for Pinellas County's newly established domestic partnership registry did not materialize Monday.

Seven couples were registered by day's end, according to the county clerk's website.

Kimberly Swain, manager of recording services, said she was surprised that more applicants didn't show up.

"People were trying to register before it was active," she said, adding that extra staff had been added to handle an anticipated rush.

Pinellas County commissioners passed the ordinance creating the countywide domestic partnership registry in January. It allows any two unmarried people over the age of 18 to register as domestic partners and gives them rights such as health care visitation and decisions, funeral and burial decisions and notification of information conveyed to other family members.

The filing fee is $50, though a reduced fee may apply for those who have already registered partnerships in St. Petersburg, Clearwater or Gulfport.

Slow start to Pinellas County domestic partnership registry 04/15/13 [Last modified: Monday, April 15, 2013 11:22pm]
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