(Cincinnati) -- A Cincinnati City Councilman wants the City to create a domestic partner registry this year, and he says his idea has the support of the Mayor and a super majority of Councilmembers.
Chris Seelbach says the registry would be a way for non-married partners, both straight and gay, to sign up, and demonstrate mutual financial interests, so they could go to an employer and quality for health insurance. Seelbach says many businesses already offer benefits that cover non-married partners, but the registry would assist smaller businesses in setting up qualifications. And he says it could assist unmarried partners as they try to convince their employer to offer benefits.
He posted on Facebook, "We are not (nor would we) forcing companies to offer equal partner benefits. We are merely providing a tool if they want to. By the way, 9 cities in Ohio already have a registry like this."
Seelbach says the registry would cost $45 per couple, and that money would cover the cost to run the program, so it would be "revenue neutral" for the City.
He says it would also show Cincinnati is a welcoming community, regardless of sexual orientation, and would encourage more people to move into the City. "Once the registry is in place, Cincinnati should score a 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index, making us one of the most most LGBT-friendly cities in the country," he posted.