A bill that would provide domestic partnership protections to committed couples throughout Florida has been filed in both chambers of the legislature. The Domestic Partnerships Act would grant individuals in a domestic partnership the same benefits and responsibilities currently available through marriage. The filing comes as more local municipalities (most recently Ft. Lauderdale) have adopted these vital workplace protections that are often the only means for gay couples to get health care benefits. Nearly 60% of Fortune 500 companies and a majority of Florida’s universities offer domestic partner benefits in order to attract and retain the best and brightest employees.
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