SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County Commission this week will have its second formal discussion in the last five months on a potential domestic partnership registry in the county.
A domestic partnership registry would give non-married gay or heterosexual couples some of the same rights enjoyed by married couples, including to declare each other as their health care surrogate and make funeral decisions, as well as being able to participate in education decisions for any dependent. A domestic partnership is defined as a legal or personal relationship between two individuals who live together in a mutual residence and share a common domestic life, providing for each other’s basic needs, but are joined neither by marriage nor a civil union.
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