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Tampa couples join city's domestic partner registry

Tampa's domestic partnership registry - the first created in the Tampa Bay area when Mayor Bob Buckhorn signed the law in April - opened for business at 9 a.m. Monday, June 25th, at Old City Hall. The city of Gulfport's domestic partnership registry also went into effect that same day.

"Despite all the limitations of the legal rights, things have come a long way," one registrant said. "We live in much less fear than we used to."

Though the registry is a step in the right direction, it hasn't solved all problems. Only a handful of cities in Florida have outlawed discrimination based on sexual orientation. And if  registrants go outside Tampa borders, they're not just leaving the city, but their newly acquired rights, as well.

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