Hillsborough Commission votes 7-0 to create domestic partnership registry

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Tampa – After hearing unanimous support from speakers in favor of a domestic partnership registry in Hillsborough County, the county commission voted 7-0 to move forward in the process of creating a registry for unmarried couples Sept. 17.

The move is a total reversal from a vote held in January 2013, where the board split on the creation of the registry 4-3, and ultimately denied it.

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Hillsborough County Commissioners to consider a DPR—again

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Tampa – Hillsborough County will get a second chance to do things right. On Sept. 17, the Commission is slated to vote—again—on creating a domestic partnership registry for unmarried couples.

Commissioner Kevin Beckner, a Democrat, has placed the item on the agenda.

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Hillborough County Commissioners approve HRO amendment

By : Aaron Alper
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Tampa Hillsborough County Commissioners unanimously voted to move forward with an authorization for an amendment that would prohibit discrimination within the county on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The 7-0 vote is a stark change to previous LGBT initiatives, which have typically failed or split the board.

Prior to the July 16 vote, the floor was open to comments and 23 citizens spoke. Fourteen of those speakers supported the amendment to the HRO and nine spoke against it.

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Hillsborough Commissioners to discuss addition of LGBT protections to HRO

By : Steve Blanchard
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Tampa – It was just over a year ago that Hillsborough County Commissioners voted against the creation of a domestic partnership registry, bucking a trend of governmental organizations offering a handful of protections to unmarried partners, both gay and straight.

And it was nine years ago, in 2005, that the commission voted to ban gay pride in the county by preventing county employees and entities from supporting or sponsoring such events.

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11.08.12 Editor’s Desk

By : Steve Blanchard
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SteveBlanchardHeadshotElation. That’s the emotion LGBTs felt on election night when Ohio turned blue shortly after 11 p.m. on election night and the major networks projected President Barack Obama had won his re-election campaign.

It’s a moment in history where a majority of us will remember what we were doing and who we were with when we heard the news.

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