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Phoenix Begins Domestic Partners Registry

Nice news from Phoenix, Arizona.
Despite the dreary weather, about 10 gay couples made the trip to Phoenix City Hall Monday morning to be among the first to register with the city as domestic partners. The registry, which is open to unmarried gay or straight couples who share a Phoenix residence, grants partner visitation rights in all hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and other health-care facilities in the city. "It's sad that we have to deem this a huge deal, but this is a step in the right direction," said Lisa Smith, 41, standing with her partner, Reagan Bennion moments after signing up and paying a $50 registration fee. "Progress is progress, and we're here to support those who made this possible." The couple has been dating for a year and became engaged a few months ago. They arrived before the registry officially opened at 9 a.m. in case there was a crowd.
Tucson began their registry in 2003.

(Tipped by JMG reader ChrisB)

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