Miami-Dade - Florida's largest county - has created a domestic partnership registry and extended health care benefits to domestic partners. This will give basic legal protections and benefits to some 2.2 million Floridians. A special thanks goes out to SAVE Dade and the other groups that fought hard for these benefits!
By an 8-4 vote, the Miami-Dade County Commission passed into law the Domestic Partners and Family Health Coverage Ordinance. The county now has 90 days to implement the ordinance which gives county employees the ability to extend health insurance benefits to their domestic partners and the dependents of their domestic partners.
In addition, the ordinance creates a domestic partner registry that county employees, county residents and visitors can use to officially register a domestic partnership. These registries are important as many private sector companies rely on them to extend their own health and employee benefit packages to the domestic partners of their employees.