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St. Paul to consider same-sex domestic partner registry

Two St. Paul City Council members will introduce an ordinance next week that would create a domestic partner registry.

Sponsoring Council Members Dave Thune and Lee Helgen say it will be similar to ordinances already in place in Minneapolis and Duluth.

“St. Paul is a city that values families.  By providing a domestic partner registry, we are creating an opportunity for couples to document their ongoing commitment to each other,” Helgen said.

Under the proposal, the city would issue a certificate -- for a $20 fee -- that registered couples would use as a legal document making it easier for employers to offer benefits to same-sex couples and their dependents. Heterosexual couples will also have the opportunity to register as domestic partners.

Couples must confirm that they are “committed to one another to the same extent as married persons” and are “jointly responsible to each other for the necessities of life.”

“St. Paul is joining the rest of the country in acknowledging and accepting domestic partnerships because we respect and care about all people of the city,” Thune said.

My old friend Joe Soucheray -- never hesitant to jump all over liberal proposals and Dave Thune -- will have a field day with this one, I'm thinking.

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Comments (3)

Private employers are free to offer their employees whatever benefits they choose right now; in what way does a silly piece of paper from the city make it easier?

This is nothing more than more confetti and streamers from the three ring circus that has taken up residence in the city council offices of St. Paul...unless of course the clown troupe intends to resurrect the issue of the city’s inability to extend benefits to unmarried housemates.

Nah, even a feckless tool of the left the likes of Dave Thune wouldn’t attempt that act while the Mayor is out squirting “the Governor is a meany” tears all over the state...would he?

"Private employers are free to offer their employees whatever benefits they choose right now; in what way does a silly piece of paper from the city make it easier?"

You have to provide some proof of your domestic partnership to your employer. One DP registration would suffice; otherwise it usually requires multiple pieces of evidence like joint bank statements or proof of co-ownership of property, some of which shouldn't be any of your employers business in the first place.

And I'll add that it's b.s. that you have to show that stuff to the government when you have to show no such thing to get a marriage license.