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ROUND TWO Domestic partnership registries are open to all couples, regardless of sexual orientation. Photo via Wikimedia Commons ON OCT. 9, THE COUNTY COMMISSION IS SCHEDULED TO CONSIDER TWO VERSIONS OF A REVISED DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP REGISTRY FOR COUNTY RESIDENTS By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor On Wednesday, Oct. 9, the Sarasota County Commission is expected to get a look at revised drafts of an ordinance establishing a domestic partnership registry in the county. Ken Shelin, a former Sarasota city commissioner and a well-known advocate for the establishment of such registries across the state, presented a proposal for a countywide ordinance in an appearance before Leigh Sprimont, commission services man- the commission on June 5. After almost an ager, told The Sarasota News Leader this hour of discussion that day, the board members directed County week that the agenda Attorney Stephen item tentatively was DeMarsh to incorposet for the morning I am hoping that they adopt the segment of that meetrate into revised drafts version providing for reciprocity. ing; the agenda was the suggestions they not finalized prior to had made and bring Ken Shelin Advocate the News Leader's the documents back Domestic Partnership Registries deadline. to them for review.

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