Hillsborough County Commissioners to consider a DPR—again

By : Staff Report
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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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1.31.13 Editor’s Desk

By : Steve Blanchard
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SteveBlanchardHeadshotResidents of Hillsborough County are incensed by the decision from their commissioners to reject a domestic partnership registry that would have protected unmarried couples in the county. Their mean-spirited 4-3 vote was doused in prejudice and soaked in re-election campaigning simply because it would have afforded a handful of rights to same-sex couples.

While those commissioners voting against the ordinance didn’t admit to that, their sentiments were clear. Hillsborough County is still an unwelcome place for LGBTs, especially in areas outside of the welcoming embrace of the Tampa city limits. If the registry was strictly for straight, unmarried elderly residents, it would have passed with little discussion.

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