Gotta run, but here's this interesting tidbit of news:
KEY WEST, Fla., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The Key West City Commission has approved a rule that will allow city employees to add domestic partners onto their insurance policies.
The ruling makes Key West the first municipality in Florida to extend insurance benefits to unmarried homosexual or heterosexual couples that live together in committed relationships.
In order to qualify, couples must register as domestic partners at the city clerk's office.
For a $50 fee, they will receive a certificate recognizing them as committed couples. City officials say the certificate could be helpful on mortgage applications and in other financial matters.
Only residents of Key West may apply for certification.
The city still has to work with its insurance carrier before the benefit package goes into effect, but the ordinance clears potential snags.
Florida's business community already had broken the domestic-partner barrier, as firms such as Disney Co. -- which owns Walt Disney World in Orlando -- have extended benefits previously granted only to married couples.
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