Largo May Consider a Domestic Partnership Registry Ordinance
City staff will research a proposed domestic partnership registry ordinance.
Largo city commissioners may weigh in on a domestic partner registry at an upcoming city workshop session.
At the July 10 Largo City Commission Work Session, City Commissioner Michael Smith asked if other commissioners would be interested in the idea of creating a domestic partnership registry similar to the one adopted recently in St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg's domestic partnership registry ordinance allows partners to have hospital visitation rights and notifies them in emergencies. Partners can also makes some decisions with health care, funerals and education, according to the Old Northeast-Downtown St. Pete Patch.
"After the last city commission meeting we talked a little bit about being competitive with Clearwater with businesses," Smith said. "More and more businesses are looking at this when they are moving to places for their employees."
Smith said a domestic partner registry could benefit seniors who are not marrying because of pension and social security issues as well as young people who are not getting married for various reasons.
Mayor Pat Gerard and Commissioner Harriet Crozier said they would be open to considering the possibility of a domestic partnership registry.
Gerard said she would also like the city to look into the option of domestic partnership benefits for city employees.
Largo's Human Resource staff will research both the domestic partnership registry and the feasibility of domestic partnership benefits for employees. The information will be brought to a future city commission work session.