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Domestic partner registry defeated in Inver Grove Heights

Domestic partner registries — for unmarried same-sex and opposite-sex couples — are popping up in cities around the state, including St. Paul and Minneapolis, but Inver Grove Heights won’t be among them.

The city council voted 4-1 Monday against setting up a registry, which would allow unmarried couples to document their relationship for insurance reasons and other non-legal matters.

Inver Grove Heights Patch reports that in voting against the measure, council members said the ordinance was outside of the purview of city officials, and Mayor George Tourville said that it might cause trouble for couples who sign up, because their identity would become a part of public record, allowing them to be targeted by other groups and individuals.

Falcon Heights passed a domestic registry ordinance this summer, making it the 12th city in the state to do so. Moorhead voted down the measure last year.

While the registries don’t grant legal status to unmarried couples, the maneuvering over them is a prelude to the coming all-out battle that’s building over next year’s a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage.

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