February 21, 2013 at 9:00 am EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Florida DP registry bill tabled
Eleanor Sobel, Florida, gay news, Washington Blade

State Sen. Eleanor Sobel (D-Hollywood) (Photo public domain)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A Florida Senate subcommittee on Tuesday tabled a bill that would have created a statewide domestic partner registry.

State Sen. Eleanor Sobel (D-Hollywood,) who sponsored the proposal, is among the committee members who spoke in support of it. Equality Florida noted gay Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe, Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower, Largo City Commissioner Michael Smith and Orange County Comptroller Martha Haynie are among the elected officials who support the bill.

“People from around the state gave compelling testimony on the need for protections,” Nadine Smith, the group’s executive director, said. “It is disappointing that the bill was not moved forward.”

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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