COLUMBUS CITY COUNCIL
For Immediate Release August 23, 2012
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Domestic Partner Registry
(Columbus)--The Columbus City Clerk will begin processing Domestic Partner Registry applications Wednesday, August 29 at 11:00 am in City Hall.
The registry for unmarried couples will be administered by the City Clerk and is intended to reduce the administrative burden on businesses and public institutions to define and certify the existence of a relationship. Verification is needed for matters such as health insurance, hospital visitation rights and authorization to pick up children after school. The proposal for the registry was announced by Council President Ginther, Councilmember Klein and Mayor Coleman during a June news conference and unanimously approved by City Council at the end of July.
“This registry underscores the fact that Columbus is an open, smart and inclusive community,” said Councilmember Klein, chair of the Development Committee. “It sends a message about the type of City we are and in the end, it is the right thing to do.”
Applications for the Domestic Partner Registry will be available on the City Council’s website beginning Friday, August 24 or by contacting the Columbus City Council Clerk’s office at 645-7380. Applications can be completed by those at least 18 years of age and must be notarized prior to submission to the Clerk’s office. Guidelines for the program and a list of frequently asked questions can also be found on City Council’s website.