Holmes Beach close to approving a domestic partnership registry

jtate@bradenton.comAugust 17, 2013 

HOLMES BEACH -- Sarasota activist Ken Shelin is one step closer to his goal of having municipalities in Manatee County approve a domestic partnership registry ordinance.

Holmes Beach commissioners voted 3-1 Friday to direct their city attorney to draft an ordinance for a

domestic partner registry and set it for a public hearing, said City Clerk Stacey Johnston.

"Our Commission Chair Jean Peelen heard a presentation relating to the Domestic Partnership Registry at a recent ManaSota League meeting and invited Mr. Ken Shelin to present in Holmes Beach," said Johnson.

After the presentation, the commission agreed for City Attorney Patty Petruff to draft an ordinance for adopting the program. Those in favor were Chair Jean Peelen, Commissioner Judy Titsworth and Commissioner Marvin Grossman.

Commissioner Pat Morton was not in favor and Commissioner David Zaccagnino was on vacation and absent from the meeting.

Shelin said he gave a very detailed presentation that explained the registry and its benefits.

"It was amazing andvery positive," said Shelin. "They were very eager to do it."

Shelin hopes that the City of Bradenton and Manatee County will also approve a domestic partner registry ordinance so other cities in the county will follow.

Shelin was influential in helping enact Sarasota's domestic partner registry ordinance.

He said that many cities and counties in Florida have similar ordinances, but Southwest Florida needs a nudge to get there.

"Southwest Florida needs some attention," said Shelin.

Johnson said the city attorney should have the ordinance for review at the next work session on Aug. 29.

Janey Tate, city of Bradenton and Palmetto reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. You can follow her on Twitter at Janey_Tate.

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