WHEN: 9:00 a.m.
on November 6th, 2012
WHERE: City Hall
1565 1st Street
Sarasota, FL 34236
or Class 1 ID required
On November 6th, Sarasota's domestic partnership registry will be open for business!
Committed and loving couples from Sarasota will gather to register as domestic partners and we hope you will be there too.
While this registry is not marriage, here in Florida only this domestic partnership registry can give our families the following vital protections:
Visit each other in the hospital.
Make health care decisions for a partner who is incapacitated.
Be notified, as a family member, in an emergency affecting their partner.
Oversee funeral and burial arrangements for each other.
Take part in the education of a partner's child.
The registry will not be limited to Sarasota residents. Any unmarried couple can sign up, though both partners must do so in person at the same time.
That includes Sarasota residents, people living in unincorporated Sarasota County, those living outside Sarasota County, even residents of other states. For example, an unmarried couple visiting for the winter could sign up and their names would be entered in the city's registry, which is a public record.
Sarasota's registry will be open to couples who are 18 or older, are not married and not related by blood, who live together and consider each other as immediate family.
Let's set an example for all future cities and counties that follow our lead and show up in large numbers to show our unity and importance of this inclusive new law providing us with some crucial protections. While many us have paperwork in place that provide some of these protections, this will add an extra layer of protection easily accessible by hospitals, emergency services and school personnel for those of you raising children.
If you haven't already, please take a moment to RSVP and let me know if you can join us!
Public Policy Director, Equality Florida
PS. City Hall could use some volunteers to help. If you'd like to volunteer on this historic week, please email email@example.com