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City Council to Vote on Missoula Domestic Registry

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On Wednesday, a committee voted to move a resolution through the Missoula City Council, which would establish the state's first-ever domestic partnership registry.

City officials said registered couples receive a card with their partner's contact information, allowing medical personnel to quickly identify a person's partner in the event of an emergency.

Councilwoman Caitlin Copple said moreover, couples who choose to register -- including those in same sex relationships -- would be officially recognized as domestic partners by the city.

Currently, the state of Montana bans same-sex marriage, and Copple said the registry is a city-wide effort to move towards marriage equality.

"I think it does send a statement that you know, your family deserves to be recognized as much as anyone else's and I think that can be really meaningful for folks, it's probably not for everyone, but again, it's voluntary and if folks want to do that you know, the city is ready to welcome them with open arms," Copple said.

Some members of the city's Administration and Finance said they worry a public registry listing the names of same-sex couples would make them more susceptible to hate crimes.

But, Copple said couples who choose to register are willing to take that risk in order to gain the respect that goes along with the recognition.

The resolution will now move to the city council's agenda on Monday, July 15th.

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