According to the Equality Florida website, Senator Eleanor Sobel (D) filed a statewide bill (SB 196) this week intended to allow Floridia residents to enter domestic partnerships. The bill, known as “Families First” would give same-sex couples in that State legal protections hospital visitation rights and the ability to make healthcare decisions for a partner.
“This bill makes a lasting change in the lives of many Florida families. By keeping couples together through affording them the same equal rights, we are supporting Florida families,” Senator Sobel commented. “A majority of Americans support extending benefits to couples in domestic partnerships. We cannot allow Florida to be the last state to treat all of its citizens fairly and equally. I am committed to sponsoring and fighting for this bill until it is heard, passed, and signed by the governor.”
If you are a Florida resident, be sure to support the bill and get involved with Equality Florida to promote rights for same-sex couples.
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