TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—A Florida Senate committee on Monday approved a bill that would create a statewide domestic partnership registry.
The Florida Senate Committee on Children, Families and Elders Affairs backed Senate Bill 196 that state Sen. Eleanor Sobel (D-Miami) by a 5-4 vote margin.
“This is the first time the Florida Legislature has ever voted to recognize same-sex relationships — and provide protections for committed couples all over the state of Florida who cannot or choose not to be married,” Mallory Wells, public policy director of Equality Florida, told the Tampa Bay Times. “It certainly is a historic day for us.”
Roughly 50 percent of Floridians now live in jurisdictions with domestic partner registries. It appears unlikely the proposal will pass this year in the state legislature.