This week, a bill allowing domestic partnerships in Florida had its first committee hearing but stalled over some lawmakers’ concerns that it’s unconstitutional. The bill’s sponsor is reworking it after a hearing full of passionate debate.
It looked like the domestic partnership bill, Senate Bill 196, was headed for a committee vote. The measure would allow any couple, gay or straight, to register their relationship and be granted all the rights and privileges of a married couple. Sen. Jeff Clemens (D- Lake Worth) said, years down the road, people would remember this moment.