Cleveland Takes One Very Small Step To The Altar

Cleveland City Council approved a domestic partner registry for gay and straight couples at its Monday session. Passage of the registry was difficult in a state where voters passed one of the toughest gay marriage bans in the country four years ago. The non-binding registry lacks the serious muscle of marriage or even civil unions; any benefits extended to couples would be strictly voluntary. But gay rights groups contend that in a state like Ohio, where city leaders have been hobbled by a broad constitutional amendment that forbids extending any marriage-like benefits to gay couples, it is a good compromise. [OnTop]