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Florida Mayor Pussies Out On Domestic Registry For LGBT Couples

Teresa Jacobs, the mayor of Orange County, Florida, seems to support LGBT couples gaining basic rights like hospital visitations.

She’s just got a funny way of showing it.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that a domestic registry has been suggested to allow for such rights in the absence of marriage equality. But Jacobs wants to hold out for a database, that  “anyone—including people who don’t live together—could use to say who they want to handle such power-of-attorney type issues,” with “legal paperwork assigning certain rights to another person for a small $10 fee.”

Right, because paperwork always makes things better.

Orlando, the county seat of Orange County, has already passed a traditional registry, which goes into effect Thursday. Jacobs could practically Xerox the thing and be done with it. But it looks like Her Honor is trying to play it both ways—dangling a crumb before the LGBT community while still appealing to Sunshine State homophobes.

Meanwhile, proponents of the registry claim to already have five votes out of seven on the issue, so the Mayor’s consent may not be crucial. Of course, somebody would have to cross Jacobs to bring it to a vote.

A brave politician? We won’t hold our breath.

The Sentinel story suggests Jacobs really needs to get her story straight (as it were):

Another interesting wrinkle: In defining what she’s looking to create, Jacobs has regularly referenced Comptroller Martha Haynie as someone who could help implement her version of a registry.

But Haynie previously supported the Orlando version, and said Tuesday that she’s only told Jacobs that any system “didn’t need to involve a lot of work on the county side.” The two never discussed what protections would be secured with one, or the need for creating an ordinance to make sure the database were enforceable, she said.

“It would be easy to find and record [couples' names], but it doesn’t address the issue of enforceability,” Haynie said.

The mayor said she doesn’t see the need for passing an ordinance and is reluctant to carve out rights for gay couples that might otherwise be prohibited by law.

We hope Jacobs is never unable to be by her husband, Bruce, or her kids, Joshua, Max, Lisa and Chase, if they’re ever in need. That’s a pain we wouldn’t wish on our worst enemies—a list Jacobs is slowly climbing.

[Source: Orlando Sentinel]

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Jan 11, 2012
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  • 4 Comments
    • WindReader
      WindReader

      “pussies out”? seriously? I would hope that you guys would be above sexist language like that. the feminine is not the equivalent of lesser than. besides, as Dan Savage is so often saying, pussies are tough, take a pounding and spit out human beings. scrotums are weak, exposed and vulnerable and very sensitive to pain.

      Jan 11, 2012 at 8:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Shazina
      Shazina

      I second WindReader. Using “pussies out” as meaning being weak is completely sexist and also ironic. You are so good as to say “LGBT” and then you use “pussies out” as a pejorative, it’s terrible. And I am very free with language, but this is wrong. In addition, that phrase isn’t clear in its meaning as far as a headline. Headlines should be clear. It could say “doesn’t follow through on” or “blocks” or something more specific. Fun headlines are fine, but only when they aren’t sexist and when they are still clear in meaning.

      Jan 11, 2012 at 10:49 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ronbo
      Ronbo

      @Shazina: Sexist? You two are idiots. It refers to cats who are easily freightened; then jump and run.

      Unless YOU feel that pussies (the female organ that can be repeatedly stabbed; yet, grow stronger) are weak. You two disgust me with your sexist, belittling beliefs. “Ohhh. Ohhh. Women are so very weak that they must naturally be protected from possible slights.” Get over it, a pussy is God’s gift.

      Jan 11, 2012 at 11:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LandStander
      LandStander

      Hahaha, saying someone pussied out means they were being a scaredy-cat (you know, pussy cats…), it has nothing to do with sexual organs. I can see why it may look offensive to generations that do not really use pussy to refer to cats as much, but it’s origin lies in cats, so take no offense!

      Jan 11, 2012 at 12:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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