Unmarried couples will be able to register for domestic partnership rights in Tampa Bay, Florida, using a new registry scheduled to launch later this month. The registry requires notarized affidavits by both partners, and will grant rights similar to those legally granted through traditional marriage.
The registry, which was approved by the Tampa City Council in April and launched in late May, is open to gay or straight unmarried couples who currently live together. It recognizes the rights of the partners to visit one another in the hospital, make health care decisions for an incapacitated partner, serve as the emergency notification contact for a partner, oversee funeral arrangements for a partner, and make educational choices for the children of a partner.
The registry is open to residents both in Tampa and those residing in other cities and states, though the rights will only apply within Tampa city limits. Both individuals in the unmarried couple must show up together in Tampa to register, and must both be physically present, with acceptable forms of identification, to have their signatures notarized on a registry affidavit.
More information on the City of Tampa’s Domestic Partnership Registry can be found on the City Of Tampa’s official website.