Orlando became the first city of Florida to recognize relationships of gay and lesbian couples.
It is unanimously that the City Council voted for the recognition of domestic partnerships giving more rights to gay and lesbian couples, some are equivalent to married couples rights like the ability to visit one another in the hospital or jail, to make health care decisions for an incapacitated partner and to make funeral plans as reports Orlando Sentinel.
"This is an historic event for Orlando, and it is a monumentally important event for our community. It will be the first time in our lives that our families are recognized by our government," said attorney Mary Meeks, who helped push for the registry. "At least here in Orlando, our relationships are recognized as real, and they are valued and they are accepted."
Couples will be able to record their relationship from January 12th.