Late Monday afternoon, the Orlando, Florida City Council voted unanimously to enact a domestic partnership registry. Lesbian and gay couples may begin registering on January 12, 2012. The $30 fee will give same-sex couples the right to visit each other in the hospital or jail, to make health care decisions for an incapacitated partner and to make funeral plans. Note that the registry would apply only to hospitals, funeral homes and other institutions located within the Orlando city limits. Couples who are not from Orlando proper are also free to register. Orange County, Florida, is considering enacting a similar registry.
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