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Commission votes against domestic partner registry

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Hillsborough County Commissioners voted Thursday not to move forward with a county-wide domestic partner registry.

The vote was 4-3 with commissioners Mark Sharpe, Kevin Beckner and Les Miller in favor of it.

Sandra Murman, Victor Crist, Al Higginbotham and Ken Hagan voted against it.

The registry would have been similar to what is already in place in the City of Tampa: it would allow unmarried people in domestic relationships to make basic legal decisions for their partners. It would have included gay and lesbian couples.

Those who opposed it said they didn't want to expand the size of government. They also pointed to their own personal beliefs and said most of the rights are obtainable through the internet and non-government help, FOX 13's Josh Cascio reported.

The City of Tampa enacted a domestic partner registry last year. So far, 369 couples have registered.

FOX 13's Josh Cascio will have more on this story at 5 & 6.

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