The St. Paul City Council is set to pass an ordinance today that will create a registry for domestic partners in the city.
The ordinance allows couples to receive a certificate recognizing their committed relationship. The certificate has no legal protections or additional benefits, but advocates for gay marriage say it's another step in their fight for recognition and equality.
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The certification does not provide any legal protections or benefits, but Amy Johnson, the executive director of OutFront Minnesota, said she welcomes the largely symbolic gesture.Minneapolis has had a similar system for 18 years and 1,660 couples have registered. Duluth added a registry June 22 and nine couples have registered. There are more than 75 U.S. cities with these ordinances.
"It matters that the city is saying, 'We recognize that you're a couple, and we want afford you as much dignity and respect as we can recognize your relationship,'" Johnson said. "It means a lot for the government to even symbolically recognize us."